By Mohammed Yangida, Lafia Governor Umaru Almakura of Nasarawa State has blamed the National Population Commission (NPC) for the 1.8 million figures given as the population of his state.
The Governor said this on Tuesday during his second day inspection visit to Nasarawa western zone in Karu local government area of the state.
According to him, the figure does not reflect the reality on ground, describing Karu Local Government area of the state as a mini Nigeria with a total of population of over two million people.
He noted that the engagements by the people living in within Karu corridor have added a tremendous amount of value to the quality of life in Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“As a matter of fact, the corridor within greater Karu area even though administratively and constitutionally is within Nasarawa state but it has more relevance to the federal Capital Territory (FCT) than even Nasarawa state.
“If you look at the population census Nasarawa state is set to have just 1.8 million people nothing can be more ridiculous because in Karu Local Government alone have more than 2 million people living in it and unfortunately the indices that determined revenue allocation is only adherent to statistics that are bounding around not the reality on ground “.he said .
Almakura also expressed concerned over the over stretched of facilities in Karu by civil servants working in the FCT but living in the area and called for the support by the federal Government in that direction.
He assured that despite the lean resources the state government was providing basic infrastructure to the area.
The governor charged the residents of the area to always keep their environment clean as environmental sanitation would be re-introduced every last Saturday of the month and urged them to ensure strict compliance.