OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives on Thursday, frowned at companies in the country, who prevent officials of the National Population Commission (NPC) from carrying out Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in preparation for the 2022 Census.

 Similarly, the lawmakers mandated the Committees on Commerce, Petroleum Resources (Upstream and Downstream), and Industries to liaise with the various State Chambers of Industry, Mines and Agriculture.

The committees are to ensure that foreign and local companies, as well as enterprises operating in the States, key into the programmes and projects of the National Population.

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This followed the adoption of a motion on the ‘Need for Companies and Enterprises Operating in Nigeria to key into the Programmes and Projects of the National Population Commission (NPC)’ moved by Preye Influence Goodluck Oseke (APC, Bayelsa).

The House said if this negative disposition towards programmes of the Federal Government is allowed to continue, there would be a high tendency of negating well-thought-out initiatives of the government for the public good.

It expressed concern that while few oil companies operating in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, allowed NPC personnel to access their respective company premises in carrying out the exercise, others such as Shell Petroleum and Quarters in Oporoma, oil facilities owned by Conoil in Tamazor Koluama 1, Agip facility in Ogboinbiri amongst numerous others have refused to comply.

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The House said if this unpatriotic disposition of the companies is not checked, the output of the EAD exercise in affected areas will be grossly erroneous, hence any corresponding actions based on it would be misleading.

It also noted that the successful conduct of census must be based on functional maps produced during an EAD.

The Lower Legislative House said it was aware that the ongoing 2022 EAD which will end in a few weeks, is the fourth time pre-census mapping has been carried out in Nigeria, the others being in 1973, 1991 and 2006.

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It, therefore, mandated the Committees on Population and National Planning and Economic Development to invite the NPC to explain the experience of its personnel in the conduct of the EAD and discuss ways of mitigating the challenges.

The respective committees are also to report back to the House within three weeks for further legislative action.

Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila put the motion to vote and it was passed.

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