In preparation for the forthcoming 2023 Population and Housing Census, the National Population Commission (NPC) has commissioned a Situation Room in line with its commitment to conduct the first fully digital census.

The NPC Chairman, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra (4th from right in the sitting row) with the Honourable Federal Commissioners during the commissioning of the Situation Room for the 2023 Census at the NPC’s headquarters, Abuja

Speaking during the launch that was streamed live at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the Chairman of the NPC, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra, said the 2023 Census will help to complement the effort to revive Nigeria’s economy with data to make critical economic decisions. He noted that the Situation Room will serve as the communication hub for all the 2023 Census activities and critical vital meetings that concern the Commission’s growth and progress.

Kwarra, stated that the census also sought to serve in determining how the government’s decision was made on budgetary allocation. He added that to ensure a reliable generation of data for the exercise, it would incorporate the use of technology.

NPC Boss said, “We will leave no stone unturned to make sure that all corresponding technical equipment meets the required standards for effective delivery of the 2023 Census goal, which is a credible, reliable and acceptable Population and Housing Census.

He noted that the launching of the 2023 Census Situation Room is a step in that direction because it will afford the Commission the opportunity to interact and educate the populace, seeking information concerning the 2023 Census, receive feedback and correct misconceptions regarding the census methodology, processes and procedures.

Hon. Kwarra, added, “We are convinced that the census Situation Room will provide a veritable interaction ground towards ensuring credibility and acceptability of the next census.

NPC Chairman, also addressed the staff of the Commission and described them as the greatest asset to achieving the mandate of the Commission of delivering a credible, reliable and acceptable census in 2023.

Speaking on behalf of the Northcentral zone, the Honourable Federal Commissioner representing Benue State, Barrister Patricia Kupchi Iyanya, congratulated the Chairman of NPC, on the digitization of the operations of the Commission for the conduct of the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

Kupchi, assured that with the support received from President Buhari, the Commission is set to conduct a census that would meet international standards.

She said, “We are glad to let Nigerians know that the foundation we have laid, is world-class. We have already received two international awards for the process in the conduct of the Census. The Census which is the crowning glory cannot be any less from the foundation that has been laid.”

The NPC Honourable Federal Commissioner for Oyo State and Chairman of the Public Affairs Committee, Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji, speaking on behalf of the Southwest zone, commended the ingenuity of the chairman in creating the situation room and pledged the support of the South West toward a successful digital census by 2023.

The Honourable Federal Commissioner for Adamawa State and Chairman of the Information Communication Technology Committee, Dr. Clifford T. O. Zirra, also assured Northeast zone support to the Commission. Dr. Zirra lauded the chairman “for a work well done” and expressed optimism in the capability of the Commission to deliver a reliable and credible census.

Dr. Ejike Eze, the Honourable Federal Commissioner representing Enugu State, while speaking on behalf of the Southeast zone, congratulated the Chairman and members of staff of the Commission on the launch of the situation room for the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

He affirmed the determination of the South East to a successful digital census, in line with best global practices.

The Honourable Federal Commissioners, Delta State, Sir Richard Odibo and the Sokoto State, His Excellency, Hon. Chiso Dattijo, who represented the South-south and Northwest geo-political zones, pledged their unalloyed support and cooperation to the success of the forthcoming census.

The Census Manager, Dr. Inuwa Bakari Jalingo, in his remarks stated that the Commission has already undertaken a study tour of South Africa during their just-concluded 2022 digital Census, in order to bring to bear good lessons learned in building up to the conduct of the first fully digital census in Nigeria.

He said that the App the Commission is using for the forthcoming census is home-grown and that the 2023 Census slogan is “You count, be counted.”

The NPC Chairman, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra (4th from right) with the NPC Management team led by the Acting Director-General of the Commission, Ugoeze (Mrs.) Patience Uju Mbagwu during the commissioning of the Situation Room for the 2023 Population and Housing Census