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NPC Will Need N100bn To Conduct 2016 Census, Says Chairman

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NPC CHAIRMAN, CHIEF EZE DURUIHEOMA (SAN)

NPC CHAIRMAN, CHIEF EZE DURUIHEOMA (SAN)

Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Eze Duruiheoma (SAN) has said to conduct a credible and successful 2016 national population census, the commission will need about N100 billion.

Duruiheoma, who made this known while speaking with journalists yesterday on the imperative of the population census, noted that any delay in its conduct might lead to a crisis.

The NPC boss also said it might lead to financial wastage.

According to Duruiheoma, President Goodluck Jonathan has given the commission a marching order to ensure the success of the national headcount.

NPC officials, he stressed, were following the presidential order with their earnest preparations for the census.

He said the commission was optimistic that conducting an accurate and reliable census in 2016 was feasible, adding that its outcome would aid the sustenance of the achievements recorded in the last few years.

Duruiheoma said: “The conduct of a national population census, in 2016, will consolidate the impressive legacies the nation laid through the historic conduct of the 2006 population and housing census. Periodicity is one of the basic attributes of a good census. Censuses are conducted over a period of either five or 10 years.

He said: “Nigerian should not be an exception to this international best practice. It is interesting to note that some of these countries, which have conducted censuses regularly, including Rwanda, have also experienced internal crises like we have in Nigeria, while virtually all these countries have smaller population and are less endowed with resources like Nigeria.

“You will agree with me that we are in changing times and we have to be realistic on certain issues. We are not unwilling to name a cost. We are still working it out. But I can tell you: we are looking at a cost of about N100 billion. This is realistic for the 2016 census exercise. The fund will be used in preparation for the census. What we intend to do will not only be done on the ground but also in the air. I want to assure Nigerians that the cost of the next census will not be too much of a burden on public finances as the process will be supported by the development partners like the previous census.

“Further delay in the conduct of the census beyond 2016 will lead to the attrition of the structures, making it difficult to deploy such for later censuses. In particular, the human resources base for the census from the 1991 and 2006 census would have been further depleted, if the census is conducted beyond 2016.

“This, therefore, means that the nation has to start building new structures whenever it decides to conduct a census at later date. To avoid wastage Nigeria must conduct the 2016 census”.

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)

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#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Properties in the conpound on fire

Properties in the compound on fire

Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.

According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.

Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.

The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.

Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.

In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.

Read Also: #EndSARS: Nigerian Army Denies Shooting At Protesters In Lekki

Watch the video clips below:

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

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