The National Population Commission (NPC) has announced the date for the conduction of the national population and housing census exercise.
NPC Chairman, Nasir Kwarra, announced March 29 to April 1, 2023, as the start and end date for exercise while speaking with State House journalists after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.
“By March 29 to April 2, our staff will be in the field enumerating people.”
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Kwarra disclosed that the technological tools to be deployed would be able to code buildings and landmass, detailing information such as location, and landscapes among others.
He added that non-Nigerians would equally be counted so long as they are in the country at the time of the exercise while promising that it would be different from the previous ones marred by controversies with high-end technology.
“This census is going to be different from past censuses. The theory and practice is essentially the same, but we are using high-end technology to conduct this census and it is such that nobody can tamper with any figure. Nobody will be counted more than once.
“We are visiting households to do direct interface with the household, collect data and in the past, if you are doing an operational manually, it is very cumbersome, but this is being aided by technology and I believe it is going to be transparent and very fast and it is going to be verifiable because we are able to provide data up to local government, up to wards level. So, it is something that you can always verify.”
He also revealed a portal had been opened by the commission to recruit ad-hoc staff for the conduct of the exercise, adding that people recruited will be deployed to work in their localities.
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