1 Million Nigerians Will Be Engage For 2023 Census – NPC

1 Million Nigerians Will Be Engage For 2023 Census – NPC

…Seeks FCT Communities Support for Trial census

By Joel Ajayi

The National Population Commission, NPC, has hinted that over one million Nigerians will be recruited for the conduct of the National and housing Census come April 2023.

The Commissioner representing Ekiti at the NPC, Mr. Deji Ajayi, stated this in Ado-Ekiti at a press conference for the trial census to be conducted in Ekiti, preparatory to next year’s main census exercise.

He assured that a reliable technological innovation will be deployed for the conduct of the exercise to prevent politicians and interested elites from hijacking or manipulating the process.

According to him, nine towns across nine local government areas, selected out of the 16 councils in the state, have been delineated into Enumerated Areas, EAs, to ease the trial census.

“The councils include Ado, Emure, Iro, Ijero, Ikole, Iworoko, Ise, Ikun and Omuo Ekiti. “This is the first time we will be doing a paperless census, everything will be digital to check corruption and bring about accurate data that can help national development.

“Census is a massive operation that will engage one million personnel and managing such a huge workforce manually will raise huge logistical and documentation challenges.”

In a related development, the commission has sought for support from communities in Bwari Area Council, Abuja for the success of its trial census to commence in the area.The NPC Commissioner Mr Joseph Kwali, representing FCT made the appeal in Bwari, when he visited the Sarkin Bwari, Alhaji Awwal Ijakoro.

Kwali, he said that the visit was to intimate the people about the upcoming trial census.He said the trial census was expected to take place in three areas of the council namely – Mpape, Ushafa and Cikakori.

According to the commissioner, the test is in preparation for the National Census scheduled to commence in April, 2023, as approved by the Federal Government. 

“This is an advocacy and sensitization visit seeking the cooperation of the people, institutions and the entire Bwari chiefdom on NPC’s forthcoming trial census in the district.

“We need maximum cooperation for the exercise to succeed. It is just a test to the new instruments that will be used for the next census in April, which includes questionnaires, PDA’s, the personnel themselves and even the response of the people.

“This is expected to help us ascertain our success and challenges and how to tackle the challenges, as well as help inform the commission on how to plan ahead,” he said.

Speaking earlier, Sarkin Bwari, Alhaji Awwal Ijakoro, commended the commission’s efforts, expressed his readiness to give all necessary support to its team in order to achieve its set goal.

Ijakoro said that the task ahead would need the prayers and total support of the district, while also assuring to drive the advocacy to the communities involved.

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