The National Population Commission (NPC) has assured Nigerians that next year’s population and housing census will employ technology as it is already digitized to enhance data quality, fidelity and all round fairness.
The Executive Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra stated this in his opening address at a stakeholders workshop which took place in Lokoja on Wednesday.
The Chairman noted that the 2023 census will be fully digital as technology has been deployed to conduct the exercise.
Represented by the the Kogi State Federal Commissioner of the Commission, Professor Jimoh Habibat Isah, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra said all resources needed for the exercise have been put in place for a hitch free census.
According to him, the National Stakeholders’ Summit provides a good opportunity to discuss some of the Commission laudable achievements in preparation for 2023 Census and to broaden the national support base for a successful conduct of the exercise.
He listed the specific objectives of the summit to include; create public awareness on the conduct of the 2023 Census including it’s imperatives, methodology and timelines as well as provide a platform to offer clarification and receive feedback and suggestions on salient issues related to the exercise amongst others.
In thier separate goodwill messages, the traditional rulers represented by the Obaro of Kabba, Oba Solomon Owoniyi and the State Secretary, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Umar Dan-Asabe Mohammed both called on the NPC to insulate the process from being hijacked by vested political heavyweights.
Also in his goodwill message, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo promised the collaboration of the Ministry with the Commission to achieve set goals.
The Jamaatu Nasril Islam (JNI), thebChristian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the National Council for Women Society (NCWS) and Civil Society Organizations all pledged thier support towards the success of the exercise.
In his vote of thanks, the State Director of the Commission, Mr Titus Abiodun Ojo assured of the determination of the NPC to conduct a credible and reliable Census in Kogi State devoid of any abnormalities.
He expressed appreciation to the State Government for it’s continual support in the course of the demographic survey and in preparation towards a successful exercise next year.
Highlights of the programme was the decorations of the Governor, Deputy Governor and the Secretary to the State Government as Census Ambassadors.