Senate President David Mark yesterday harped on the need for the

country to get its statistics right on population census as there are

always conflicting figures on the population of the country


He made this known yesterday when the Senate confirmed the appointment

of Alhaji Hassan Bashir and Hon Olarewaju Emanuel Fayemi as members of

the National Population Commission (NPC).


The former chairman of NPC, Festus Odimegwu, lost his job when he

claimed that past population census in the country were flawed


Mark said “Population is a very serious issue in this country and I

believe that the appointees will bring something on board so that we

know our true figures. Every time we talk about statistics in this

country, depending on who you are talking to, we don’t appear to have

the accurate figure. I hope that they will help to bring something on

board so that we can know our true population in this country.


Meanwhile the Senate also confirmed the appointment of Dr Adedoyin

Salami, Prof Chibuike Ugochukwu Uche, Dr Shehu Yahaya and Abdul-

Ganiyu Garba as members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the

Central Bank of Nigeria.