While declaring the training open earlier, nasarawa state governor, alahaji tanko almakura, noted that the proposed 2016 census will put to rest controversy over the last one, adding that the figure released by the commission for the population of the state was wrong, however, contested at the tribunal. And the controversy continues odumegwu's comments belie nigeria's topsy- turvy experience with population census acclaimed as the most populous nation in africa, the true number of nigerians has always remained a matter of estimates currently, nigeria's population is between 160 – 167 million. Thereby making it possible for all tiers of government to guide the process of positive change the recognition that population size is the basis for political power in multi-ethnic countries like nigeria has been at the root of controversies over the accuracy of national census figures since representation in the. Times census politics in nigeria is coterminous to petty bourgeois politics it refers to the struggle amongst states and/ or ethnic nationalities towards the inflation of census figures to their selfish advantage put differently, no issue has generated controversy, intense debate and ethnic antagonism than that of manipulation of.
The story of nigeria's 1962 census never gets old southern politicians seeking to end the north's dominance of nigerian politics decided that the only way to do it was through the census population figures at the time determined not only parliamentary representation but also revenue allocation and. This paper examines critically the controversy surrounding the recently concluded population census in nigeria which came up between march 21 and 25, 2006 while population census is a deliberate attempt to enumerate people within a delimited territory at a specific time so as to determine their number, their. National population census - the issue of determining the population of nigeria has been a very contentious issue since 1866 and establishment.
Another census was conducted in 1962/63, which put the country's population at 55670 million this figure was inflated at that time and it raised a lot of controversy regarding its reliability and acceptability nigeria witnessed series of crises during this period, as the corporate existence and unity of. Controversy over nigeria's census figures is nothing new accusations that the country's official population figures had been rigged date back to the 1950s and have continued unabated under military and civilian regimes in the run up to independence in 1960 the british authorities were accused of.
Abstract the article appraises the conduct and provisional figures of the 2006 nigerian population and housing census the most basic summary is as follows: nigeria has a population of about 140 million, of which 512% are males and 488% are females the figures are already being challenged controversies over. Census in nigeria - census is of great interest to nigeria government a population and housing census as a case study of great relevance to the economic subsequent attempts to conduct a reliable post- independence census have been mired in controversy and only one officially accepted the first. A delegate from edo state, mr chris agbonwanegbe on wednesday, july 2, 2014 at the ongoing national conference reopened the controversy over the unreliability of nigeria's census figures agbonwanegbe attributed the high population figures being credited to certain northern states to manipulation.
As of 2013, nigeria s population was estimated at 175 million, and the annual population growth rate was about 254 percent [up from 238 percent in 2008 provisional results of the 2006 census indicate a total population of 140 million like its predecessors, this census has been controversial, given. Although numerous estimates of the nigerian population were made during the colonial period, the first attempt at a nationwide census was during 1952-53 this attempt subsequent attempts to conduct a reliable postindependence census have been mired in controversy, and only one was officially accepted the first. Another recent commentary on the 2006 census reminds one of the fact that the new census controversy has given fresh currency to nigeria's north vs south bi- polar politics despite the breaking up of the multi-ethnic federal republic into 36.
The 1962 national census was not the first in nigeria to become embroiled in suspicion and controversy previous attempts to count the nigerian population had met with popular distrust and. Group political editor emmanuel oladesu writes on the politics of population census and its implications for the polity seven years after the 2006 census was conducted, the controversy trailing the exercise has not ended the headcount is inconclusive recently, the census tribunal ordered the.
The controversies have been responsible for the rather chequered history of census taking in nigeria it is however salutary to note that the phenomenon now appears to be a thing of the past, especially with the successful conduct of the 1991 census the 1991 census, conducted by the national population. That constitutes the background to the census controversies which the country has been associated with (ottong, htt://wwwonlinenigeriacom/population retrieved on14/11/2013)attempts at determining the population of nigeria has been a very contentious issue since 1866 and establishment of the total population in the. People for effective census, some groups in the country decided not to participate in the national census and the end result is under counting and inaccurate result tom (2006), “population census has remained the most sensitive and most controversial in the politics and administration of nigeria” such controversies. Census results–especially the distribution between the muslim north and the christian south—have often sparked controversy in nigeria the provisional numbers released in january are no exception like earlier censuses that provoked an outcry, the reaction followed a set pattern the south, which made up less than half.