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FG needs to develop an accurate database of Nigerians

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James Ogunnaike – Abeokuta

As Nigeria prepares for a new population census after 14 years, the federal government has been asked to ensure that it creates an accurate database of national citizens for reliable and accurate population figures.

Ogun State Governor’s Special Advisor on Public Communication Remmy Hazzan made the call while speaking at the 10th Association of Applied Information Management Professionals (AIMP) Training and Induction Ceremony at Babcock University, Ilishan -Remo, State of Ogun.

He opined that the country could not have the correct population census without an accurate database of its citizens, and stressed that no economic planning would work in the country if the government lacks the demographic information of the people.

He said that through a national database, the necessary information for economic development and social planning would be obtained.

Hazzan, who attributed the failure of national planning to the lack of a credible database of Nigerians, believed that the country could not have the correct population census without an accurate database of citizens.

Hazzan, who was also admitted as a member of AIMP, recalled how the state government found it difficult to distribute palliatives to vulnerable people during the COVID-19 shutdown due to the lack of an accurate database.

“Nigeria lacks a credible database. And we are way behind for this as a nation. Without an accurate database, we cannot plan for our citizens as a country. Other than that, the census may not give us the true number of our population without a database, particularly when the census has even been politicized.

“As a state government, we had a hard time getting the number of vulnerable people to palliate during the COVID-19 shutdown because there was no database. We had to resort to the use of religious organizations and community development associations before we could distribute these palliatives.

“Therefore, it is convenient for us as a nation that we develop an accurate database where information about citizens can be obtained, to help and guide the government in planning, both economically and socially,” he said.

While emphasizing that data collection, analysis and application should be restructured in the country, Hazzan urged AIPM to communicate with other professional bodies about the need to adopt and instill applied information management technology in its activities.

Speaking on the topic, “The role of information management technology in reshaping the nation’s workforce and fostering the development of intellectual capacity”, a former Information Commissioner in Ogun State, Niran Malaolu , condemned “poor planning and lack of data” in the country.

According to him, “Information Management Technology should be applied to all sectors of the country as a tool for change”, adding that “through this, we plan adequately as a nation and change our narrative towards socio-economic improvement. ”.

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