National Population Commission (NPC) has commenced training for State Desk Officers on the e-recruitment process and methodology for a credible and acceptable census.
The Chairman of the National Population Commission, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra, while flagging off the training of the State Desk Officers on e-recruitment for the Pilot Census in Abuja disclosed that the training is to teach the participants the concept and procedures for the e-recruitment exercise, in order to ensure that guidelines and standards are followed in the recruitment of the functionaries for the pilot census.
Hon. Kwarra said the objective of the exercise was to train officers with the requisite competence and skills to review the recruitment process for the successful execution of the 2023 census.
He affirmed the commitment of the commission to provide competent personnel to conduct a reliable census. He said “for us in the Commission, the qualities of staff that will perform the census are very important. Therefore, having a good knowledge of the content of the census document is crucial.
“The technique and the organization of the census process is key to the success of the 2023 Population and Housing Census,” he noted.
He added that the preparation and conduct of the census require huge human resources and logistics planning.
The chairman, disclosed that the 2023 Census would be the first fully digital count to be conducted in the country, and called for the mobilization of resources for the successful census.
According to him, the training is for officers that will superintend the census recruitment process.
However, the NPC Boss, urged the officers to be dedicated and give full attention to the content of the training because much is expected from them to ensure a transparent and hitch-free recruitment exercise for the Pilot Census.
The NPC Honourable Federal Commission, Rivers State and Chairman, Census Committee, Dr. Ipalibo MacDonald Harry, expressed optimism in the conduct of the 2023 census, adding that the e-recruitment training was a demonstration of the Commission’s readiness for a credible and reliable census come 2023.
Dr. Inuwa Jalingo, the Census Manager, described the e-recruitment as one of the many steps of census preparation while commending the Commission for leveraging digital technology to conduct the forthcoming 2023 Census, just like Ghana and South Africa.
The UNFPA, Chief Technical Adviser for Nigeria 2023 Census, Dr. Collins Opiyo, stressed the commitment of the UN system to supporting Nigeria to conduct a credible census. Dr. Opiyo said that UNFPA would continue to work in collaboration with the National Population Commission to ensure the 2023 census would be conducted in accordance with global best practices.