The first Nigerian population census I experienced was in 1996. I was still a child, so I had no idea what was going on. But I do remember that afternoon in Gbongan, a town in Osun State, where my family lived at the time. The census officials came to our compound, asked some questions and gave my parents forms to fill. Afterwards, they painted our thumbs with GV (gentian violet). All the children in the compound gathered around afterwards to compare their thumbs and make a fuss about whose GV stain was biggest. Ten years later, in secondary school, I experienced the census again. I was in a boarding school and I remember spending what seemed like a thousand years in the assembly hall, awaiting my turn. All the while, I had no idea what the point of a census was.
The next census was supposed to happen in 2016 but it didn’t because of poor budgetary allocation, according to the Nigerian Population Commission (NPC). At the time (2015), chairman of the NPC, Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), urged Nigerians to demand that the census hold just like they did the general elections. The 2015 general elections were in danger of not Click here to read entire article
Source:: Ventures Africa