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Nigeria's census – nearly over but could do better

There are great pictures of Nigerian census-takers on Edward Popoola's Jangbalajugbu-Homeland Stories but he feels the operation, while necessary, could be better organised.

“We do not use the social security number system in Nigeria and I am not sure our births and deaths are perfectly monitored and well documented. It used to be well documented I know, as I still have a copy of my birth certificate.These little things have proved in developed nations to be very good ways of monitoring the population of a country. I hope the government will go a step further to implement proper ways of monitoring the population of Nigeria so we don’t have to count ourselves every 10 years.”

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