The Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Mr Nasir Kwarra, has sought the support of the Nigerian Army in conducting a credible census in Nigeria.
Kwarra made the call when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the visit was to thank the CDS for the good job the military had been doing for the country, adding that they had continue to defend their territorial integrity of Nigeria and making sure that the nation experience peace.
NPC boss said the military had also continued to support the commission in the process of preparation for the conduct of the census.
”The census which was supposed to have been conducted in April, was put on hold pending the new administration.
“Mr President has reassured us that the census will be conducted. We are here to seek support of the army in provising security coverage for functionaries, offices at the states and local government levels, as well having access to the military barracks nationwide,” he said.
Responding, Gen. Musa said the military was ready to support the commission to ensure that a credible census is conducted.
He said the military recognises the importance of census, saying that a comprehensive census would make sure that developmental processes were being followed adequately as well as growth for the country.
He said the aspect of security was where the military was most concerned .
“So, it is going to be a comprehensive thing and they include the aspect of logistics and the military has a very comprehensive logistics system that works very well wherever we are.
“We are going to put all those available to ensure that we have a successful census,” he said.