Census: NOA begins nationwide sensitisation, advocacy



By Justina Auta

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has started nationwide sensitisation and advocacy to educate Nigerians about the forthcoming National Population and Housing Census.

Garba Abari, the Director-General of the agency, said this when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja on Sunday.

According to him, the sensitisation is to enlighten the public about the importance of census toward national planning and development.

Abari said ‘the National Population Commission (NPC) has elaborate publicity in the media advocacy work plan that will definitely saturate the airwaves in the next few weeks starting today.

‘The NPC is not unaware of the role of advocacy, enlightenment and sensitisation in creating necessary awareness around the census issue.

‘Now that we have put the general elections behind us, the next important national event ahead of us is the national census,” he said.

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He, therefore, appealed to the media, Civil Society Organisations, religious and traditional leaders, as well as other stakeholders to sensitise the public about the exercise and encourage them to participate fully.

‘The media, community leadership, community ombudsmen, religious leaders, professional groups, everybody will be brought on board through conscious, extensive and expansive processes and programmes to ensure necessary knowledge, and awareness among Nigerians.

‘It is not as if Nigerians are not aware of the census, perhaps what they need to see is continuous and consistency in awareness.

‘There will be consistent messages every minute through the media, radio, social media, town criers, newspaper, television and discussions,’’ he said.

He reiterated the commitment of NOA to carrying out sensitisation programmes across every local government, especially rural areas, on the need to be captured in the exercise.


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