Aderogba and Komolafe
Greener Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 2 (1), pp. 019-027, February 2012
ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2011 Greener Journals
Virtues in the Nigerian 2006 Population and Housing Census for Records
Aderogba, K. A. (Mrs) and Komolafe, B. O
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, College of Social and Management Sciences,
Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu – Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Corresponding Author’s Email: kofoaderogba @ yahoo.com
After the long interregnum, the 2006 population census was scheduled, planned and executed. The objective of the paper is to highlight major credibility attributes of the exercise for records; and to make recommendations for subsequent census exercises in the country. The state commissioners were interviewed, NPC website was visited and documents of the NPC were perused. Literatures on National Population Census were read and used. The structure, system, and organization perfectly resemble those of developed countries: The National Population Commission had its Cartographic Department strengthened; improved technology of high resolution satellite imagery was used; Enumeration Areas were demarcated and plotted to scales. Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) were implored and Geographic Information System was intended to be used to store the results. All organs of the government were implored to create awareness, plan logistics and carry out the exercise. The exercise was not without problems; but this is the first time those sophisticated techniques will be implored in Nigeria; and the nation will know the number, quality, type and design of houses in the country. From planning to execution, adequate awareness and preparation were made to avoid the usual riddles that characterized the previous exercises. NPC further researches into the technologies applied and massive applications of them for the subsequent exercises were suggested.
Key Words: 2006 Population Census, model, limitations, virtues, Nigeria.