In furtherance of the commemoration of the 2015 World Population Day, the National Population Commission and stakeholders visited the camps of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja on Monday, 13th July 2015. The two camps visited are in New Kuchigoro in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and Pyegi inKuje Area Council.
The Chairman of NPC, Chief EzeDuruiheoma explained that the essence of the 2015 World Population Day was to draw attention to the plight of these groups of people and provide a collective sustained platform for assisting them.He said that the visit to the camp was to enable it know the condition of people who live in at the camp.
He decried the living condition of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the FCT, describing it as deplorable.``The living condition here is deplorable though it can be made better; I see determination to survive on the faces of people who live in the camp.
``In people who are assisting them, there is determination to help; I think that everything is working well, but the issue of sanitation is something that needs the attention of government.
``Anything that can be provided to them to make their life better will be a worthwhile exercise,’’ he said.
Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board, who conducted the NPC Chairman round the camp, said that there are about 1,500 IDPs in Kuchingoro camp.
Mohammed said that the board intends to make use of the visit to talk to the IDPs on their health since it is World Population Day.
``We are working with NPC, National Planning Commission and other partners to ensure that life is better in this environment.
``We are providing HIV testing and counselling for mothers and fathers so that they know their status and know how to regulate them.
``We need to talk to the communities about birth registration and population control particularly family planning and child spacing,’’ said the scribe.
Other highlights of the event include free medical outreach by the board, Society for Family Health and other non-governmental organization as well as donation of food items, toiletries and reproductive health items to the IDPs by the Commission.
2015 Nigerian Education Data Survey (NEDS)
National Population in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Education, Universal Basic Education Commission and National Bureau of Statistics is to conduct the 2015 Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS) from the 11th May to 14th August, 2015, the survey is supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Chairman Opening remarks at the training of interviewers and supervisors.
The National Population Commission (NPC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is conducting the Verbal and Social Autopsy Survey (VASA) project. The survey is implemented with technical assistance of the WHO/UNICEF-supported Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG). The project in Nigeria is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) is the fourth DHS survey to be implemented in Nigeria by the National Population Commission (NPC). It is the Commission's responsibility to collect, collate, analyse, and disseminate population census and survey data at all levels that contribute to policy formulation and population activity coordination in the country. The 2013 NDHS is the fifth in the series of DHS surveys taking place in the country, which first started in Nigeria at the national level in 1990.