1 million Nigerians to be recruited for 2023 census

The Federal Government of Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari has said a total of one million Nigerians will be recruited for the conduct of the 2023 National Census.

This was disclosed by the National Population Commission (NPC), commissioner in Ekiti state, on Monday, July 4, 2022.

The commission assured that a reliable technological innovation had been advanced by the NPC for the conduct of the exercise to prevent politicians and interested elite from hijacking or manipulating the process.

The commissioner further disclosed that nine towns across nine local governments selected out of the 16 LGAs in the state, had been delineated into Enumerated Areas (EAs) to ease the trial.

He pointed out areas to be enumerated in the trial census as Ado, Emure, Iro, Ijero, Ikole, Iworoko, Ise, Ikun and Omuo Ekiti.

Explaining the significance of census to nation-building, Ajayi said population statistics would be used by private organisations to plan for the recruitment of young Nigerians by knowing the number of the active population.

“The government will also use such statistics to plan for our youth, students and the health needs of Nigerians. They will also know the number of senior citizens who should be catered for.”

Assuring that the exercise will be difficult to manipulate, the NPC boss said, “The biometric technology will capture your face and fingerprints and goes to the server and any similar information supplied will be noticed and expunged from the data immediately.

“This is the first time we will be doing a paperless census, everything will be digital to check corruption and bring about accurate data that can help national development.

“Census is a massive operation that will engage one million personnel and managing such a huge workforce manually will raise huge logistical and documentation challenges,” he added.

It was earlier reported that the 2023 Census of Nigeria will be a detailed enumeration of the Nigerian population that will be the fifth national census in the country since independence. It will be the first national census held since the 2006 census. Over 190 Billion Naira (₦) have been allocated for the exercise.

Nigerian authorities have been relying on estimates from Worldometer, an arm of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, to gauge the country’s population.

At the moment, Nigeria’s population is estimated as 206 million people, according to details released by the National Population Commission (NPC) in 2020.

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