Census will take time, skill and stamina, Buhari tells NPC

The chairman, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), said on Wednesday that the 2023 census would require “a lot of time, skill and endurance” from the National Population Commission.

According to a statement signed Wednesday evening by the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said this when he participated in the first phase of the 2023 census, a test list of houses and house numbering in some local government areas. from the country.

The statement is titled “President Buhari Participates in Trial Census in Daura, Commends NPC on Preparation.”

To mark the start of the exercise, the National Population Commission accredited the president to his country home in Daura, Katsina state, where he urged officials to justify the government’s trust by returning data accurate, verifiable and reliable.

Addressing the team led by NPC President Nasir Kwarra, he said, “I’m glad you started the process, and congratulations. I know it will take a lot of time, skill and endurance.

After the digital capture, the president explained that President Buhari had been named number one on the list, from Daura, Katsina, and his house was also the first.

The president said the trial follows the conclusion of the training of field officials for the trial census exercise, which would begin trial census fieldwork from July 13-30, 2022 in the areas. enumeration and selected local government areas in all 36 states. of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory.

“This is a process in which all census operations are thoroughly and comprehensively tested to assess the level of preparedness of the Commission to conduct the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

“The trial census will cover a total of 7,681 enumeration areas in all 36 states and the FCT. Six LGAs were selected from the six states selected in the six geopolitical zones of the country for a complete population enumeration, while forty-five EAs in nine LGAs covering three senatorial constituencies were selected from each of the thirty states and the FCT for the count. ,” he explained.

The trial census fieldwork includes numbering buildings and listing households from July 13-15, 2022; validation of the EA framework from July 16 to 18, 2022; census of the person from July 19 to 25, 2022; and census sweep from July 26 to July 30, 2022.

Kwarra added that at the end of the trial census exercise, the NPC expects to learn lessons on the chosen methodology, the workload, the challenges of data collection in particular areas and the education as well as the adequacy of the preparation of their enumerators.

Valerie J. Wallis