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In an unforeseen move, the National Population Commission (NPC) has announced a hold on the new date for the National Census.
This date will now be established under the newly inaugurated government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
NPC’s Role and Responsibility
The NPC has highlighted its primary responsibility to secure all resources for the upcoming 2023 population and housing census in Nigeria.
“Our role is not just to determine the new date, but to ensure that all resources for the exercise are kept safe,” a representative of the NPC commented.
Furthermore, the NPC made a commitment to keep the public informed on the next steps following this postponement.
“We also gathered to enlighten you on the next steps forward in light of the postponement of the conduct by the former President,” the representative further added.
Preparatory Steps for the Census
Despite the postponement, the NPC ensured that all the preparatory activities towards the census exercise have been concluded. The NPC representative, Mr. Okereke, provided the following list of completed tasks:
- Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD)
- Conduct of pre-tests and trial census
- Recruitment of staff and training of census ad hoc staff
- Procurement and configuration of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)
- Establishment of ICT infrastructures and logistics support
- Advocacy and publicity activities
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The Path Forward
Mr. Okereke emphasized the importance of sustaining and reinforcing the relevance of these activities to ensure the successful conduct of the 2023 census.
“The most important task before the commission is to sustain and reinforce the relevance of these activities to the successful conduct of the 2023 census. This will ensure that the nation does not have to start afresh with the preparations, thereby saving cost. The Commission has laid a solid foundation for future censuses,” Okereke stated.
In conclusion, while the new date for the National Census is still to be announced, the NPC has assured the public that the preparatory work towards the census has been diligently carried out, ensuring a solid foundation for this essential national exercise.