As part of the Buhari-led administration’s plan to ensure a successful population census, the National Population Commission, NPC, has said it is set to commence building numbering and household listing for the 2023 general census.
The Commission stated that the building numbering and household listing exercise will begin on April 17, before the actual census exercise kick-starts in May.
This was made known by the Kwara State Director of NPC, Alhaji Sa’eed Yusuf, on Wednesday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Yusuf said five training days for enumerators would commence from April 25 to 30, 2023 to ensure they carry out their duties effectively and efficiently.
He added that the building numbering and household listing would not only be conducted in Kwara State but nationwide throughout the length and breadth of the country.
On why the training of enumerators for this year’s Census could not take place on the earlier scheduled date of March 31, 2023, Yusuf said it was due to Logistics problems that the commission faced.
“There will be five days of training for enumerators and supervisors between April 25 and 30 in their respective Local Government Areas for the success of the exercise,” Yusuf said
Recall that the national census which was supposed to be done every 10 years, last took place in 2006. Several calls have been made for Nigeria to conduct a national census, rather than relying on statistical estimates by international organisations to know the true population of Nigeria.
Nigeria’s census hitherto has been marred by allegations of manipulation to bolster states’ populations over perceived benefits such as representation and resource sharing.