Ahead of the 2023 Population and Housing Census, the National Population Commission (NPC) has commenced training of the Comptrollers in charge of the Commission’s Local Government Area offices nationwide on the critical processes of the 2023 Population and Housing Census, and the Comptrollers’ role in the census workflow.
Director of NPC, Public Affairs Isiaka Yahaya, stated this in a statement made available to Summit Post, revealed that, Commission is deeply committed to give the nation reliable and acceptable census data for evidence-based development planning
According to the statement, “Purpose of the training is to equip Comptrollers with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their duties effectively and efficiently during the census exercise.
“The training will be practical-oriented, focusing on specific tasks and skills that Comptrollers require to execute their assignments.
The training starts on Tuesday, 7th March 2023 and ends on 9th March 2023. It will be conducted in two states per geo-political zone of Nigeria.
“In North-West Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna will host Kano, as Kebbi and Zamfara will join Sokoto, another host state in the zone. As for the North-East, Taraba and Adamawa will join Gombe host state as Yobe and Borno will converge in Bauchi, another host state in the zone.
“Going to North-Central FCT, Plateau and Benue will receive their training in Nasarawa the host state while Kogi and Niger will be in Kwara in the zone. Also, South-West Oyo state will host Lagos and Ogun state as Ondo will host Ekiti and Osun state.
“In the South-South region, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa will converge in River state while Delta will host her neighbour Edo state. While in the South-East region, Anambra will host Abia and Imo states, as Ebonyi will be in Enugu for their training,” he said.
Added that, “All the 774 Comptrollers are expected to be trained on the focus areas of the 2023 Census processes by the 60 Resource persons drawn from various departments of the Commission. The topics include: Census Methodology; Presentation of the Census Frame & Locality List; Field Operations; Local Government Training (Supervisors and Enumerators); Data Quality Management; Monitoring and Evaluation; Enumeration of Special Populations; Enumeration in Hard-to-Reach areas; Recruitment & Payment; Tablets Management; ICT Infrastructure & Management; Training Centre Identification & Facilities; Training Centre Management; Census Logistics; Census Security; Publicity and Advocacy; Identification and Assessment of Internet Connectivity Gaps; Green Census; Legal Framework for the 2023 Census and Administration of Oath of Secrecy; Sexual Exploitation, Harassment and Abuse; Census PES: Trial Census Experience; and the International Best Practice in Census Taking.”
NPC also called on Nigerians to support the commission and present themselves to be counted during the 2023 census exercise.