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Don’t politicise list of localities in Nigeria, says NPC

By Dayo Johnson
THE National Population Commission, NPC, Wednesday warned against politicisation of the compilation of the compendium of localities in Nigeria to be conducted by the commission.

Chairman of NPC, Chief Samu’ila Makama gave the warning in Akure at a workshop held for stakeholders on the compendium of localities in states in the southwest geo-political zone of the country.

Makama said the authentication of localities’ lists would not lead to any boundary adjustment nor would the outcome affect the result of the 2006 census.

Speaking through the Federal Commissioner in the state, Dr. Bode Iwaloye, the Chairman said the verification should not be done with political gain in mind.

“The exercise should therefore be saved the ordeal of any political scheming as this will be counter productive to the goal of having an acceptable locality list for national development.

“The verification should be urgently and dispassionately undertaken in the true spirit of patriotism devoid of any divisive tendencies”.

Makama said the workshop was packaged to create an opportunity for stakeholders to exchange ideas on what constitutes a locality and thereby arrive at the precise number of localities in each local government area.

Governor Olusegun Mimiko in his address expressed dismay over the poor attendance of the heads of interim administrations in the local government areas of the state.

Dr Mimiko, however, assured that the state is ready to cooperate with NPC over the project.


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