January 20, (THEWILL) – The 2023 national population and housing census in Nigeria has been scheduled to hold from March 29 to April 2, 2023.
Chairman of the National Population Council Chairman (NPC), Nasir Kwarra, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.
Kwarra said the technological tools to be deployed will be able to code buildings and landmass, detailing information such as location, landscapes, etc.
“From March 29 to April 2, our staff will be in the field enumerating people… This census is going to be different from past censuses. The theory and practice are essentially the same, but we are using high-end technology to conduct this census and it is such that nobody can tamper with any figure. Nobody will be counted more than once.
“We are visiting households to do direct interface with the household, collect data and in the past, if you are doing an operational manually, it is very cumbersome, but this is being aided by technology and I believe it is going to be transparent and very fast and it is going to be verifiable because we are able to provide data up to the Local Government, up to Wards level. So, it is something that you can always verify,” he said
Kwarra said the demarcation of enumeration areas had been completed.
Noting that a portal had been opened by the commission to recruit ad-hoc staff for the conduct of the exercise, Kwarra said people recruited will be deployed to work in their localities.
He promised the Commission would ensure a credible exercise while noting non-Nigerians will be counted so long as they are in the country at the time of the exercise.
The NPC Chairman, while speaking on the security situation in parts of the country, expressed hope that the exercise could be conducted smoothly in the areas affected.