Ahead of the 2023 Population and Housing Census, the National Population Commission (NPC) has called on Nigerians to remain at their places of residence to be counted.

The NPC’s Executive Chairman, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra, made the call at the opening ceremony of the North-Central Second-Level Management Training Workshop for the 2023 Census in Lafia. He advised that Nigerians would not need to travel to their villages and States of origin to be counted as the questionnaire would capture their areas of origin.

NPC boss explained that the training was aimed at equipping the State Directors, LGA Comptrollers and other senior management staff of the Commission with the requisite skills required for a successful digital census.

“Given the adaption of electronic data collection technologies in the census, the workshop will expose the staff to the basic concept terms of the questionnaire, methodology and management of the census.

“The first level of management training for the top management staff of the commission was held before this one, preparatory to the forthcoming Trial Census scheduled for June,” he explained.

Hon. Kwarra promised to deliver a credible and reliable census that would be acceptable to Nigerians and thereby assist in proper planning.

NPC Chairman also appreciated His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule for his patriotic commitment and invaluable support of the Nasarawa State Government towards the smooth implementation of the Commission’s activities in the State. He also urged the Governor to continue to render the support of his administration as the Commission prepares to conduct the next Population and Housing Census in April, 2023, which will generate reliable and credible data for a planned and prosperous Nasarawa State and our dear country Nigeria.

He also called on the participants to devote maximum attention to deliberations at the workshop and bring to bear the knowledge and skills gained during their official duties.

The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, while declaring the training open at the Taal Conference Hotel in Lafia, lauded the Commission for choosing the State to host the training for the North-Central States.

Governor Sule explained that Nasarawa State needs the 2023 Census data to update its records and plan for the huge population inflow from the FCT to the State because the population of Karu LGA alone is more than the population of the State as captured during the 2006 Census. The governor appealed that Karu LGA should be used for the June Trial Census.

On his part, the Federal Commissioner representing Nasarawa State at the Commission, His Excellency, Hon. Silas Agara, commended the Federal and State Governments for approval and support for the Commission to conduct a census in 2023.

Hon. Agara also appreciated Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, traditional rulers as well as other stakeholders for their presence at the opening ceremony of the training and support the State has always given to NPC. He assured Nigerians that the commission would do everything possible to deliver a credible and reliable census in 2023.

Also, the Census Committee Chairman, Dr. Ipalibo MacDonald Harry, said that every stage of the process from mapping, e-recruitment, virtual training and enumeration, among others, was designed and built on a digital platform.

He explained that the 2023 census would be the first digital in Nigeria, therefore the Commission is putting the right strategies on the ground to deliver.

Other speakers at the event, the Acting Director-General of the Commission, Ugoeze (Mrs.) Patience Mbagwu and the Director, Census Department, Mrs. Evelyn Arinola Olanipekun expressed profound appreciation to the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule for his esteemed presence to open the training exercise and other numerous supports to the Commission as well as enjoined the participants to maximize the golden opportunity presented to them by the Commission to expand their horizon in the understanding of the processes of census-taking.   

The Opening Ceremony of the Second Level Management Training was also attended by the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe; the Royal Fathers led by the Emir of Lafia and Chairman Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, His Royal Highness, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad 1, JSC (rtd.); Management Staff of the Commission among other dignitaries.

Meanwhile, the Second-level management training took place simultaneously in all the six (6) Geo-Political zones of the Federation with the North central zonal training held in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

L-R: HFC Rivers State and Chairman of Census Committee, Dr. Ipalibo MacDonald Harry; HFC Nasarawa State, Hon. Silas Ali Agara; NPC Acting Director-General, Ugoeze (Mrs.) Patience Uju Mbagwu; NPC Chairman, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra; Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi Sule; Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe; Emir of Lafia and Chairman Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, HRH, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad 1, JSC (rtd.); a Stakeholder; Census Director, Mrs. Evelyn Arinola Olanipekun; and Census Manager, Dr. Inuwa Jalingo during the Opening Ceremony of the Second-level Management Training Workshop at Taal Conference Hotel in Lafia