Lagos Gears Up for National Population Census Amidst Swearing-in of Federal Commissioner

In a recent development heralding significant preparations for the upcoming National Population Census, reports that Barrister Olayinka Oladunjoye, the newly sworn-in Federal National Population Commissioner representing Lagos, addressed a forum with agency staff in Lagos. The event, held on Tuesday, February 5th, 2024, served as a platform for discussing the importance of accurate data and outlining strategies to overcome associated challenges.

Barr. Olayinka Oladunjoye

Emphasizing the urgency of readiness for the impending census, Oladunjoye highlighted the critical need for Lagos State to possess precise population figures. She underscored the importance of planning based on accurate data, particularly noting Lagos’ significance as the President’s home state. Oladunjoye urged the agency staff to diligently prepare for the census, emphasizing the power of knowledge and the necessity of meticulous preparation.

Regarding the ongoing demographic survey, Oladunjoye emphasized its potential to benefit various sectors beyond just health and environment, extending to all government agencies. “The demographic survey is still on. By the time we are done, the information we gather from there is supposed to be useful for the state in all its ramifications. Not only the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Women Development, but every agency of government will benefit from the result of the demographic study,” she stated.

Earlier in her address, Oladunjoye stressed the importance of seeking knowledge and training, citing her own experiences as a testament to the transformative power of self-actualization. She encouraged staff to adopt a proactive approach to their work and to identify cost-saving strategies to survive while remaining dedicated to their official assignments.

Reflecting on her Senate screening experience, Oladunjoye emphasized the importance of being well-prepared and knowledgeable, even in unfamiliar fields. She urged staff to maintain a high standard of competence and readiness to address challenges effectively.

“You have to be able to daze me all the time. When I ask questions, you must be ready to answer me. I’ll visit your local government without announcing it, and when I get to your local government, you must be ready,” she said.

Oladunjoye concluded her address by urging staff to maintain open communication with their directors for effective problem-solving. She expressed gratitude to the State Director, Mr. Bamidele Sadiku, and others for their guidance and technical expertise, as well as to the gathering for their warm reception and hospitality.

As preparations for the National Population Census continue to gain momentum, Oladunjoye’s remarks serve as a rallying call for diligence, preparedness, and dedication among agency staff.

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde is a budding academic researcher and media enthusiast whose experience germinated in high school, attaining the Press Club presidency. As an iconic field reporter for 3 years, he is a writer, serial volunteer, and community cum youth development champion whose collaborative efforts have immensely contributed to nation-building in Epe LGA, Lagos, and Nigeria at large.

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