2023 Census: Some Nigerians Are Refusing To Be Counted – NPC

2023 Census Some Nigerians Refusing To Be Counted – NPC
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Ahead of next year’s census, the National Population Commission (NPC) has revealed that some Nigerians are reluctant to be counted urging them to discard their fears. 

Africa Daily News, New York reports that on Friday in Ebonyi, the NPC listed this among the challenges the commission was facing.

Federal Commissioner, Darlington Okereke gave an update on the implementation of the trial population and housing census.

The official assured that the commission would get it right during the main census.

Okereke said the training of functionaries and massive advocacy were some of the strategies adopted.

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Ninety enumerators and nine supervisors took part in the trial census – house numbering and household listing – from July 13 to July 15.

Okereke said the challenges were the absence of household members to be enumerated, outright refusal by some persons, and poor accommodation for functionaries.

‘We will re-strategize on continuous public education and formation of Ebonyi Census Publicity Committee, amongst others’, he promised.

In lieu of its previously announced census session for 2023, the National Population Commission (NPC) has made an open announcement that it will be recruiting three million ad hoc staff for the 2023 population census.

Abdulmalik Durunguwa who is the NPC National Commissioner representing Kaduna State had made this disclosure. The official spoke on Wednesday in Kaduna at a town hall meeting on the trial census.

Durunguwa had also announced that the website for the recruitment would be opened in September for interested applicants.

He said the trial census, which would run till the end of July, was a dress rehearsal for the 2023 population and housing census. Durunguwa solicited the support and cooperation of all stakeholders towards the success of the exercise.

The National Population Commission (NPC) has also begun household listing and building numbering in the Daura Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.

Africa Daily News, New York

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