The National Population Commission (NPC) has officially launched the Census Dashboard and Mobile Device Management System which will serve as a monitoring instrument to enhance the quality of data that would be collected during the census across the country in real-time.
Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra, during the unveiling ceremony, said the integrated census dashboard and mobile device management system are for monitoring the inflow and quality check of data from the field during the 2023 Census.
According to him, this was another major step that underscores its commitment to the Commission to provide reliable and credible demographic data for national planning.
“As part of our collective resolve in the Commission to conduct a fully digitalize Census in Nigeria, the Commission is leaving no stone unturned to achieve this set objective. It is in furtherance of this that we are witnessing the official launch of the Census Dashboard and Mobile Device Management System as a monitoring instrument to enhance the quality of data being collected during the census across the country in real-time.
“in considering the effort put into setting up the monitoring system and the idea behind it, we are convinced that the dashboard and Mobile Device Management System will serve the Commission and lead us to an expected end, producing a very viable, verifiable, acceptable and reliable 2023 census come May 2023,” he said.
The chairman explained that the dashboard displays the real-time performance of census data that the National Population Commission, National Bureau of Statistics and external users can use to proactively identify and resolve potential performance problems before they occur during the Population and Housing Census process.
He added that the performance data can also be archived for management reporting and trend analysis.
“It is an information management tool for monitoring, analyzing and producing a visual display of the selected key performance indicators (KPIs), metrics and important data required to track the enumeration process for the 2023 census.
“The developed census dashboard utilizes CSPro data collected from enumeration area/hamlet. It pulls data stored in CSPro format and stores it into MySQL database for easy processing and visualization,” he said.
Speaking further, the chairman said, “The dashboard shows total household by region (Maps and Bar chat) Population distribution by region and sex. Population distribution is represented in Pie chat.
“It shows the population pyramid. It shows the daily total population count collected from the enumeration area.
“It shows Enumeration coverage in percent by region. It allows to track of enumeration progress per enumerator. It shows detailed enumeration progress from the top (region) to bottom (EA/Hamlet) level.”
In her remarks, UNFPA Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mrs. Ulla Elizabeth Mueller, lauded the commission for the digital census and for including various features in its digital process.
Mueller said the Commission was poised to conduct first digitalised census that would be credible and acceptable.
She therefore, reaffirmed UNFPA’s commitment to support Nigeria to conduct Population and Housing Census in 2023.
Also speaking, Mr. Semiu Adeniran, Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of National Bureau of Statistics, lauded the preparedness of the Commission towards census, describing it as unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.
Adeniran said the setting up of the dashboard and mobile device management system would enable the Commission to monitor from its headquarters the activities in the fieldwork.
He assured the support and synergy of the National Bureau of Statistics to ensure the success of the census exercise in 2023.