MANAGING POLITICAL WILL AND PUBLIC OPINION IN CENSUS TAKING PRESENTED BY NIGERIA AT 3 RD AFRICA SYMPOSIUM ON STATISTICAL DEVELOPMENT ACCRA, GHANA 3-7 DECEMBER, 2007. INTRODUCTION.
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MANAGING POLITICAL WILL AND PUBLIC OPINION IN CENSUS TAKINGPRESENTED BY NIGERIA AT 3RD AFRICA SYMPOSIUM ON STATISTICAL DEVELOPMENT ACCRA, GHANA3-7 DECEMBER, 2007.
Census taking is very important for every country of the world as it is enumeration and taking the demographic data of all the people within a given geographical territory.
For a census and its figures to be considered successful, it must posses four major attributes; Accuracy, Reliability, Acceptability and level of Utilization.
The topic managing political will and public opinion in census taking is linked to acceptability of the census. How can we make census acceptable?
Basically, this pertains to advocacy especially in a society like ours where census is seen as an instrument of political supremacy.
Also, you can conduct an accurate census and it may not be acceptable, the reason being simply if the political class decides to play politics and politicize the census, they will not accept it even though you have done an accurate job and conducted an accurate process. This is because sometimes, when the results fall below the expectations of some certain people, they will reject it just because it does not meet their expectations.
The National Population Commission conducted a population and housing census in 2006 for the 2010 round of censuses.
The federal government supported census activities by contributing18.5 billion naira, the state government contributed about 520 million naira in cash and kind. Local government councils provided fueling and logistics. Other development partners like EU, UNFPA and others contributed 19.3 billion naira.
To show this commitment further, the Public Enlightenment Campaign for the 2006 Population and Housing Census was launched by the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on the 20th April, 2004. He inaugurated the National Census Publicity Committee and directed that similar committees be inaugurated in all the states and LGAs. Media campaign was intensified in January 2006.
Some of the Positive comments were;
Some of the negative comments were;
The study was to;
Furthermore in line with general practice, National Population Commission Act 1989, provides for establishment of Census tribunals in designated centres
The National Population Commission realized and realistically too, that Census taking depends for its success;