NPC Releases 2006 population figures

 Courtesy of The News online

The National Population Commission (NPC) this afternoon released details of the population census conducted in March last year, showing that Kano State has more population than Lagos. In the breakdown of the figures released by NPC, Kano has a total population of 9,383,682 while Lagos has 9,013,534. Most observers, however, believed that the population ascribed to Lagos was understated as even World Bank figures show that Lagos has an estimated population of about 14-15 million. The figures released are bound to raise Nigeria's political temperature, few months to the general elections. The controversial figures put the total number of people living in the old Kano State (Kano and Jigawa) at 13,730,331.

The census figures also showed that oil-rich Bayelsa is the least populated state in Nigeria with 1.7 million people, followed by Nasarawa with 1.86 million and Ebonyi with 2.1 million. Ogun has 3.7m, Ondo 3.4m, Osun 3.4million, Oyo 5.6 million, Anambra 4.18 million, and Imo 3.93 million. Another highlight of the census is that more people habit Nigeria's Savanna Sahelian zone than the mangrove rain forest region of the South. The North is said to have 75 million people and the South, 64 million people. There are also more men than women, 71 million to 68 million. The national population census was conducted nationwide between March 21 and 25 last year. The period of the exercise was extended by a few days when it was obvious that some Nigerians were not enumerated during the officially designated period of the head count due to hitches caused by NPC.

Long before the figures of the head count were released, the National Bureau of Statistics threatened to reject the result because NPC sidelined it during the exercise. The Director-General of the bureau, Dr. Vincent Akinyosoye, said the bureau was not involved in the exercise and as such it was dissociating itself from the outcome. He insisted that it is the bureau that was supposed to conduct the exercise. However, his stance contradicts the provisions of the 1999 Constitution which empowers the National Population Commission to conduct the head count. The last head count was conducted in 1991 and like previous head counts, its outcome was marred by controversies.

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