“Exercises to do between March and April”
The National Population Commission (NPC) yesterday assured Nigerians that they would have the most advanced technology available to avoid manipulation during the 2023 census.
The chairman of the commission, Nasir Isa Kwarra, gave assurances during a meeting with the press after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential palace in Abuja, but said the technology to be introduced would not be available to anyone. would make the process difficult to manipulate.
Answering questions, Kwala said the exercise would be different from previous ones and was marred by controversy, noting that the commission was using state-of-the-art technology such as global positioning systems (GPS) and satellite imagery. emphasized the use of
According to him, all buildings in the country are already coded for that purpose.
“This census will be different from past census. Theory and practice are essentially the same, but we are using high-end technology to conduct this , no one can falsify the numbers. No one is counted more than once.
“We visit households and interact directly with households to collect data, which in the past would have been very cumbersome if we had done it manually. I think it will be very transparent and very fast and verifiable because we can provide data from the municipality to the district level, so it can always be verified,” he said.
Kwara said demarcation of the enumeration area has already been completed, adding that the exercise will take place in late March to early April of this year, specifically March 29 to April 2, 2023. said.
“From March 29th to April 2nd, our staff will count people on site,” he said. He revealed that a portal had already been opened by the commission to recruit ad hoc staff to conduct the training, adding that those recruited would be deployed to work in their areas.
Against the backdrop of security challenges in parts of the country, he ensured the exercises would run smoothly in the affected areas.