BY OBUTE JAMES
The Senate Committee on National Population and National Identity led by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi has called on the management and staff of National Population Commission, NPC to rise up to its constitutional responsibilities.
Hunkuyi made the call on Tuesday November 27, when his committee had a roundtable meeting with the commission and its development partners, including United Nations representatives.
Hunkuyi said birth and death registration should be taken very serious by the commission.
The Chairman of the National Population Commission, Eze Duruiheoma had earlier called on the committee and National Assembly demanding for a law that will make it mandatory for the conduct of census every ten years.
While Hunkuyi agreed on the need for periodic census, he said if the commission will rise up to its duty of proper registration of both birth and death across the country, the required statistics for development will be available overtime even without census.
Hunkuyi, a representative of Kaduna North Senatorial District as well as Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, further called on Duruiheoma and Director General of NPC, Dr. Ghaji Ismaila Bello to cooperate with NPC commissioners for effective and smooth running of the commission.
Assessment of 2017/2018 budget performance; the proposed 2020 census; 2018 recruitment/replacement of workers and birth & death registration were the main issues for the meeting.
However, the meeting was further adjourned to next week due to non availability of relevant documents from NPC.
The Director General of NPC,
Bello and commissioners of the commission were among those that attended the meeting.