Ahead of the June 2022 trial census, the National Population Commission (NPC) is conducting a 5-day nationwide management training for its state directors, local government area comptrollers and others senior state officials.
Speaking at the North-Central Second Tier Training Ceremony in Lafia, the executive chairman of the commission, Nasir Isa Kwarra, said the commission was working to resolve the contentious issues of the land census exercise. 2006.
Kwarra is optimistic that the NPC would conduct a credible and acceptable population and housing census in the 2023 census exercise, which will provide accurate demographic data for sustainable national planning and development.
According to the NPC Chairman, Nigerians would not need to travel to their villages or home states before they could be counted as questionnaires and electronic gadgets were such that they would capture every detail of an individual without necessarily moving away from your place of residence.
“Following the conduct of the first level management training which involved the Chairman and the Honorable Commissioners, and also considering the upcoming trial census in June 2022, it is important to conduct this second level management training which covers State Directors, Comptrollers of Local Government Areas and other senior State officials on their key roles.
“The training should also enable them to fully understand the basic concepts of the census questionnaire before the test census. The training will be a good opportunity for the participants to broaden their knowledge base and improve their professional skills as NPC staff members. »
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The NPC Executive Chairman therefore hopes that the deliberations of the training workshop will also have a positive impact on all aspects of the preparation and execution of the 2023 population and housing census exercise.
“May I take this opportunity to assure Nigerians and our development partners that the commission remains committed to conducting a credible and acceptable census that will provide demographic data for sustainable national planning and development,” Kwarra added.
The Federal Commissioner representing Nasarawa State on the commission, Silas Ali Agara, commended the federal and state governments for endorsing and supporting the commission to conduct a census in 2023.
While commending Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, traditional leaders and other stakeholders for the continued support of the NPC, Agara also assured Nigerians that the commission would do its utmost to conduct a credible and reliable in 2023.
In addition, Census Committee Chairman Ipalibo MacDonald-Harry said that every step of the process, from mapping to online recruitment, virtual training and enumeration, among others, was designed and built on a digital platform for easy exercise.
He explained that the 2023 census would be the first digital one in Nigeria hence the commission is putting in place the right strategies on the ground to achieve the most acceptable census exercise.
Declaring the second level management training workshop open, Governor Abdullahi Sule called on the NPC to select Nasarawa to be among the states for the fourth trial census in June.
The Governor explained that the state needs a census because the population of Karu Local Government Area alone is greater than the population of the state as captured in the 2006 census “.
According to Sule, “my request for selection of Nasarawa State for the test census is based on the high population density of the Federal Capital Territory which migrates daily to Nasarawa State”.
Sule, however, commended the population commission for its efforts to conduct the first digital census exercise in the country, noting that the planned digital census exercise would help tackle insecurity in the country.