Duoye Diri, the Governor of Bayelsa state has stated that current Nigeria’s population data is inaccurate.
He disclosed this during the stakeholders’ summit on the 2023 Population and Housing Census held at the Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall in Government House, Yenagoa, on Tuesday September 27.
Governor Diri asked the National Population Commission (NPC) to correct the past census figures during the 2023 national census exercise.
According to him, the population figures attributed to Bayelsa State were grossly underestimated.
He added that the state had grown beyond the current structure of eight local government areas.
In a statement statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, the governor added;
“By the 2006 census figures, Bayelsa had a population of 1,704,515. That figure was not correct. But we are hopeful that the next exercise will give a more reliable and acceptable figure.”