The Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association (IEYDA), a grassroots youth mobilisation organisation that comprises of youth leaders and stakeholders from Ilorin Emirate local councils of Ilorin West, Ilorin East, Ilorin South, Asa and Moro LGA of Kwara State, has pledged to fully mobilize and actively participate in the much-anticipated 2024 National Population and Housing Census, tentatively set for November.
The association made this known through a public statement signed by its National President, Alh. Abdullahi Babatunde Salau and the National Publicity Secretary, Alh. Mohammed Uthman Jagunma, and obtained by Just Event Online TV on Tuesday, amidst widespread eagerness for the upcoming Census, which marks a significant national event aimed at obtaining accurate population data for effective planning and development.
In a related development, the Nigerian Senate has confirmed that the Census will proceed as planned.
During the screening of commissioner nominees for the National Population Commission (NPC) on Wednesday, February 7, Senator Abdul Ningi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Identity and Population, expressed confidence in the readiness and qualifications of the nominees, highlighting the continuity and experience they bring to the commission.
Senator Ningi emphasized the necessity of political will for the successful execution of the census, noting that 75% of the logistical preparations, including personnel training and procurement of necessary equipment, have been completed. He stressed that the President’s declaration is crucial for securing international support and resources for the census.
The call to action by the Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association (IEYDA) and the Senate’s assurance reflect a collective understanding of the significance of the 2024 Census. Accurate population data is the foundational for strategic planning, resource allocation, and development initiatives, making the upcoming Census a pivotal moment for Nigeria’s progress and development.
The nation looks forward to a successful census in November 2024, with expectations of a comprehensive and accurate count that will serve as a cornerstone for Nigeria’s future planning and development strategies.