By Shehu Abbas Lafia
Nasarawa State Government in collaboration with the National Population Commission has commenced a state wide sensitisation campaign on the need for residents to support the commission ahead of the forthcoming census.
Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Comrade Dogo Shammah kick started the campaign ahead of upcoming National census in Lafia.
According to the commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism Comrade Dogo Shammah the two thousand and six National Census put the position of the state on a population figure of one million, eight hundred and sixty nine thousand, three hundred and seventy seven.
Comrade Shammah explained that the census figure has made the state to receive low monthly allocation from the Federation account there by making it imperative for the present administration in the state to correct the mistake of the past through sensitisation to ensure massive participation of citizens in future exercise.
According to the commissioner, the low monthly revenue allocation is grossly inadequate in view of influx of people into the state on daily basis due to its proximity to the FCT Abuja.
On his part the Federal Commissioner representing Nasarawa state at the National Population Commission Mr. Silas Agara advised residents of the state to give maximum support to personnel of the commission who are on area demarcation to ensure success of the exercise.
Represented by a Director in the commission Umar Tafida, Mr. Agara said the forthcoming census would bring new requirement that would demand to know the items people have at home in order to know in which ways to support them.
The team visited the palace of Emir of Lafia and Chairman Traditional Council of Chiefs Retired Justice Sidi Muhammad Bage and the palace of Andoma of Doma for their royal blessings, support and sensitisation of their subjects to come out en-mass for the exercise.