2015 Census: NPC Solicits Nigerians’ Support

BY CLETUS NGWODO
AS the nation moves towards the conduct of the 2015 census, the National Population Commission (NPC) has solicited the support and cooperation of all Nigerians to enable it achieve its desired result.
Speaking to journalists at the commencement of the field work for the 2015 Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS) in Asaba yesterday, the federal Commissioner of NPC in charge of Edo/Delta, Dr. Tunde Lakoju, noted that the survey is in furtherance of the Commission’s mandate of providing relevant, accurate and dependable demographic data for planning purposes and the media to help in ensuring that the people give the required information that will assist the commission in this process.
According to the NPC commissioner, who was represented at the ceremony by the state Director, Mr. Paul S. A Adugbo, the 2015 survey is a follow up to the 2013 NDHS, during which households with children from 4-16 years old visited during the earlier survey will be revisited.
While saying that the survey, like the NDHs, takes place every five-years, Dr. Lakoju also hinted that it is meant to provide policy makers with accurate and timely date, designed to increase enrolment, attendance and learning as well as achieve Nigeria’s Universal Basic Education (UBEC) and Education for All goals for the children of school age.
“The 2015 NEDs will also provide a substantial amount of the household-based education data need in Nigeria and its outcome will inform programming that would improve levels of student enrolment and attendances as well as facilitate equitable access to quality schooling for all children n Nigeria”.
He said that the survey being handled by seven-man team would cover 17 local government areas in Delta State, adding that eligible households are those in 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Survey sample for which interviews were completed.
“In that survey, approximately 38,522 households were successfully interviewed and specifically, the plan was to collect information from 30,000 eligible households with at least one child aged 4-16 at the time for the 2015 NDHS”, he said.
To ensure that 2015 NDHS meets its lofty objectives of providing the much needed data for educational planning, the commission has adopted a meticulous and scientific approach”, he added.