By Muhd D. Haidar
HOTPEN – Ahead of the forthcoming 2023 headcount census, the Jigawa state government has reiterated its dedication to providing favourable environment for the successful exercise.
Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar gave the affirmation while declaring open the Population and Housing Census stakeholders summit organized by the National Population Commission (NPC), held at Ahmadu Bello Hall, Dutse.
Badaru who was represented by the APC gubernatorial candidate and Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Namadi, said presently, Nigeria’s population has hit over 200 million, indexed as the seventh most populated nation in the world.
The Governor informed the gathering that the state government will provide all the needed support it can, to make the exercise successful and less stressful for both the staff and the citizens.
Also speaking, the Commissioner in charge of the Jigawa state office of the NPC, Alhaji Abubakar Garba said the goal of the summit, was to create awareness and prepare the minds of the stakeholders because of the forthcoming National headcount.
Alhaji Garba stated further that, the exercise is now fully digitalized with modern types of equipment, supported by special instruments that can make the exercise accurate and acceptable all over the world.
Speaking on behalf of the Civil Society Organizations in the state, Comrade Mohammed Musba’u Bashirka appealed to the authorities burdened with the responsibility of registering the citizens, to reopen the 16 registration centres that were closed down across the state.