2023 Census: NPC Organises Training Workshop For Journalists

2023 Census: NPC Organises Training Workshop For Journalists

By Joel Ajayi

In it’s desire to have credible, reliable acceptable, head count come 2023, the National Population Commission, NPC, has organized a 3-day capacity building for Journalist who are critical stakeholder to enable them have better understanding of the entire process and procedure of census.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop on Monday in Nasarawa State, the Executive Chairman of NPC, Hon Nasir Isa Kwara, said the Commission is on course in its mission of delivering an accurate census to Nigerians.

According to him, in doing this a strategic partnership with the media will form the tripod upon which the census architecture will stand to reach out to the Nigerian people.

“Convening of this training workshop for the NPC Press Corp is one of such engagements and it underscores the determination and commitment of the Commission to conduct a successful Population and Housing Census in 2023 by engaging you, the media, to effectively mobilize the citizenry by “getting the people involved”.

“Over the years, members of the NPC press corp have used their various platforms to advance positively the activities of the Commission to the world.

 “It is with this understanding that the present Commission is convinced that building the capacity of the press corps and deepening your understanding of the census process will no doubt enhance the productivity of individual correspondents in reporting even more positively the activities of the Commission to the Nigerian people before, during and after the census. 

“The overarching goal of this workshop is to share with you the vision of the Commission and draw on your support to ensure broad based national cooperation for the implementation of the activities of the National Population Commission, especially the coming census 2023. 

He assured participants that the Commission will continue to engage media on all  the activities of the Commission especially, towards the successful conduct of the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

NPC Executive Chairman  however, reiterated that, getting the 2023  Census right is a task that must be done by all stakeholders.

In his remarked, the  Chairman Public Affairs commission Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji appreciated the critical roles, the media play in projecting the commission, urged them not to relent in their effort toward the growth and development of commission.

He said there is no way the exercise can be successful expect people involved are properly trained saying media constitute major pillar for the success of the census saying the support of media require for 2023 census.

In his welcoming address Hon Silas Agara representing Nassarawa said the 3day capacity building is noble idea that will propel the success of the 2023 exercise.

According to him, this line of action will leave credence toward the effective, successful conducting of NPC come 2023.

He Commended Journalist urged them to leave no stone unturned to ensure the overall success of the assignment before NPC.

While giving overall objective of the workshop the  NPC,  Dr Isiaka Yahaya, Director Public Affairs said the aim of the capacity building workshop for journalists is to improve the quantity and quality of media contents on the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

While specific objectives is to strengthen journalists’ understanding and application of basic concepts in census taking.

Also, the workshop is stage to  neutralize negative prejudices, misperception and misrepresentation on the census exercise among sections of the Nigerian media, to sensitize the journalists on the preparatory activities for the 2023 Census as well as to explore areas of collaboration and partnership with the Nigerian media on issuesrelated to the processes and outcomes of the 2023 Census.

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