By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA â€” The National Population Commission, NPC, declared yesterday that it needed about N2.5 billion to increase its registration centres from three to 10 in each of the 774 local government councils in the country with a view to boosting continuous and universal registration of births and deaths in Nigeria.
Chairman, National Population Commission, Chief Samuâ€™Ila Danko Makama, who stated this during an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja on the national dissemination workshop on the housing component of the 2006 census, said increasing the number of the centres would enable the commission to collect accurate demographic data.
Makama announced that the national dissemination workshop on the housing component of the 2006 census was aimed to sensitise the general public and stakeholders on the range of housing data generated in the 2006 population and housing census.
He said, a renowned academic, Professor Sam Aluko, former Chairman, National Economic Intelligence Committee, would be the special guest of honour at the workshop slated for Thursday at the Yarâ€™Adua Centre, Abuja.
According to him, â€œbesides the conduct of censuses, another major assignment of the Commission is the continuous and universal registration of births and deaths in Nigeria. These two vital events and collection of data on migration constitute the vital registration function of the Commission.