2023 census: NPC flags off staff training head count

The National Population Commission (NPC) over the weekend flagged off training of essential staff as part of the processes leading to the 2023 national head count.

NPC National Commissioner in the Federal Capital) Territory, Mr. Joseph Shazin, who declared the 12-day workshop open, appealed to participants to show sense of seriousness both at the training and in the discharge of their duties when the census commences.

He warned that the commission will strictly monitor both adhoc and permanent staff deployed for the census to ensure full compliance with guidelines put in place for the success of the headcount pointing out that the NPC will not hesitate to sanction those found wanting.

In an interview with Blueprint, Shazin appealed to FCT residents to cooperate with field officers who will move round for the enumeration exercise expected to take place in Gwagwalada , Bwari and Abaji for the trial census.

He assured that the commission would be strict by ensuring that field workers meet accepted standards because of their experience in the last census.

Shazin urged the field workers not to display attitude of arrogance or harshness to members of the public who will be approached to respond to questions during the enumeration exercise.

A Director at the National Population Commission (NPC), Hajia Hadiza Jega, disclosed that the commission would be deploying custom made electronic appliances in the 2023 census to ensure the success of the exercise.

“The 2023 national census will be different from other head counts in the country in view of the face that the commission has gone digital as shown in the demarcation of the entire parts of the country and the first and second pre-tests conducted recently,” she said.

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