NPC commissioner worries over 2022 census


FILE PHOTO: National Population Commission officials from the 2006 Census exercise.

By Thompson Yamput

Prof Jimoh Habibat-Isah, National Population Commission (NPC) Federal Commissioner, Kogi, has expressed worry over the upcoming census in 2022.

He warned the Commission’s staffers that they could not afford to fail the country in the 2022 national population census.

Habibat-Isah gave the warning on Friday in Lokoja at the opening of a 10-day training of enumerators, supervisors and controllers for the 2nd Census Pretest exercise.

Given the importance of the census to national planning, he urged members of the staff of NPC should ensure that the exercise would be credible and produces reliable data.

“The Federal Government has so much trust in NPC for the successful conduct of 2022 population census to enable it to plan for the socio-economic development of the nation.

“This is why we are into a series of training of all controllers, Supervisors and enumerators for our 2nd pretests exercise towards ensuring that we get it right come next year’s census.

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“You should, therefore, know that this training is not out of place for whoever is recruited for the 2nd pretest exercise coming up between Dec 3 and Dec 10.

“You must assimilate whatever is being given to you in this training because you have supervisors and quality assurance Officers watching you and you must get it right during the pretest exercise in Kogi State“, he said

According to him, one significant benefit of a national census was to afford the government the opportunity of distributing the national resources fairly and equitably.

Also speaking, the State Director of NPC, Mr Abiodun Titus-Ojo, expressed the readiness of the commission’s staff towards ensuring hitch-free and successful conduct of the 2022 population census.

“As Patriots we understand what matching order is, especially the one the government has given to us and by God’s grace, we shall not fail.

“We are today assuring the Federal Government that we are ready to get it right this time“, Titus-Ojo pledged.


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