Eze Festus Odimegwu has resigned his appointment as the Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC).
His resignation was confirmed via a statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
According to the statement, signed by Sam Nwaobasi, the resignation has been accepted by President Goodluck Jonathan and it takes effect from October 17, 2013
It was contained in the statement that Dr. Sam Ahaiwe, the Commissioner representing Abia State in the NPC, will act as chairman pending the appointment of a substantive Chairman.
The Kano State Governor, Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso had at a meeting with the President in April called for Odimegwu’s removal. Kwankwaso’s grouse was that the NPC Chairman was “going about to discredit what his predecessors had done”. Odimegwu’s undoing was believed to have been his criticism of the 2006 census figures which many believed were “doctored” to favour the northern part of the country. Odimegwu, a former Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries was appointed to head the NPC in June 2012.