National Population Commission Trains Over 1,000 Personnel In Katsina

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A file photo of a National Population Commission office.

 

 

The National Population Commission (NPC) on Thursday trained no fewer than 1,250 personnel in the Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The personnel consisting of facilitators, supervisors, and enumerators, were drawn from several communities in Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The training is not unconnected with preparation for the 2023 population and housing census scheduled to hold in April next year.

The first fully digital trial census covering 7, 718 enumeration areas across six selected states in the six geopolitical zones of the country is expected to be completed simultaneously on July 30th, 2022.

NPC Federal Commissioner of the National Population Commission (NPC), Engineer Bala Almu-Banye, disclosed this in a press conference held in Daura.

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He said in the North East, Toungo Local Government Area of Adamawa State will have full coverage during the trial census followed by Idemili South LGA of Anambra State in the South East.

Similarly in the South-South, Brass LGA of Bayelsa State will also be fully covered followed by Daura LGA of Katsina State in the North West as well as Karu LGA of Nasarawa State in the North Central and Imeko – Afon LGA of Ogun State in South West.

According to Banye, the trial census training workshop is designed to equip the commission’s field officers with the required skills to effectively and efficiently deliver on the exercise, adding that it will as well serve as a testing ground for the commission’s instruments ahead of the general census.

The trial census, according to Banye, is expected to commence from July 11 to 24 while the house numbering will take place from 11th to 16th July, to be followed by validation of the Enumeration Area frame from 17th to 19th July and enumeration of persons from 20th to 24th July 2022 respectively.

Earlier on Wednesday, the commission had organised a stakeholders’ town hall meeting in Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State regarding the exercise.

NPC To Cover Over 7,000 Enumeration Areas In Trial Census

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A file photo of a National Population Commission office.

 

The National Population Commission, NPC, has concluded arrangements to conduct a trial census in 7,468 Enumeration Areas across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

According to the NPC’s Federal Commissioner, Bala Almu Banye, 13,500 field functionaries have been engaged to conduct the trial census in the enumeration areas scheduled to hold on June 30th, 2022.

Banye disclosed this on Wednesday at the Old Government House Banquet Hall in Katsina during the closing of the North-West Zonal training organised for principal trainers for the exercise.

He further assured Nigerians and the international communities of the commission’s readiness to conduct a credible, reliable, and acceptable 2023 population and housing census.

The NPC commissioner said in total, 7,468 EAs have been selected for the trial census to test run their suitability and readiness for the actual census.

“The training of the principal trainers, who are mostly academics and NPC’s staff, was part of preparations for the 2023 population and housing census.

“NPC will use a total of 13,500 field functionaries comprising 11,510 enumerators, 1,529 supervisors, and 823 facilitators for the trial census.

“The quality of the personnel for the census has a great impact on its outcome. The need to properly train the facilitators who will in turn train the supervisors and the enumerators at the state level cannot be over-emphasized.”

 

Banye stated that participants at the workshop would re-evaluate the skills and practical demonstration of operations on the field for the next few days.

“This is with the overall effort to deliver a truly scientific trial census that can prepare the ground for a credible and acceptable exercise next year.

“The conduct of the zonal training workshop for facilitators is, therefore, our strategy for making sure that there is a solid base for the state-level training for the trial census,” he said.

Banye further explained that monitoring and evaluation instruments had been developed to ensure that the exercise focused on predetermined objectives and processes.

Such instruments, he explained, are to assess the extent to which objectives are being met or not, and whether the processes are adhered to or not.

Earlier in his welcome address, the State NPC’s Director in Katsina State, Alhaji Bala Idris Mairuwa, explained that 14 participants were selected from each of the seven states of Katsina, Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Jigawa, and Kaduna.

Census Migration Should Be Criminalised – NPC Fed. Commissioner

 

The temporary relocation of people from their residences to their hometowns during a census is one of the major factors frustrating the exercise in Nigeria, a senior official of the National Population Commission (NPC) said on Monday.

Mrs Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, a Federal Commissioner of the commission, called for the criminalisation of census migration to tackle the menace.

She made the proposal during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily while giving an update on NPC’s preparedness to conduct a national population census next year.

“Another painful aspect why a census is almost not very accurate in Nigeria is census migration culture that we have, especially in Lagos State, and it hurts,” the NPC official stated during the breakfast show.

“Because Nigerians believe that ‘the more we are in my village, the more allocation we get from the Federal Government’; so, they move from Lagos where their children school, (where) they work in the banks, (where) they live, and move back to their states. This is very wrong; I think it should be criminalised.”

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Sixteen years since the exercise was last conducted, Nigeria is scheduled to hold another national census, following the approval of the National Council of State.

The Council which met on Thursday last week agreed that the exercise should be conducted between March and April 2023.

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A file photo of a National Population Commission office.

 

Census Recount

According to Salu-Hundeyin who served as NPC Chairman between 2019 and 2020, efforts are ongoing to conduct the exercise without any glitches and to ensure every citizen is counted.

She briefed that the agency has divided the whole country into smaller units that can be captured by a pair of enumerators within a specific period.

The NPC official, however, stressed the need for the independence of the NPC like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and others, as well as for people to stay in their homes rather than travelling to their hometowns for the exercise.

“Even though the National Population Commission is one of the agencies designed and designated by the Constitution to be independent, I do not think we are totally independent because if you go to other parts of the Constitution, it says that when we conduct the census, it must be subject to the approval of the Council of State,” she said.

“We are appointed by the President; if what we do is subject to the Council of State, you understand what I am saying? Like INEC, when INEC conducts elections, you can go to court and if the court says it wasn’t proper, there is re-election. There is no provision for a recount of the census.”

National Census To Hold In March 2023 – 16 Years After

A file photo of a National Population Commission office.
A file photo of a National Population Commission office.

 

For the first time in 16 years, Nigeria is scheduled to hold a national census between March and April 2023.

This was part of the resolutions reached at the Council of State meeting held in Abuja on Thursday.

The meeting was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari and was attended by former Heads of State – Abdusalami Abubakar, Goodluck Jonathan, and Yakubu Gowon.

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Boss Mustapha; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari were also in attendance.

State Governors – Hope Uzodinma of Imo State; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state among others – took part in the deliberations.

National honours

Other issues discussed at the meeting include prerogative of mercy – 159 persons out of 162 are to be granted various levels of pardon by the President.

The Council briefed on security situations across the country and President Buhari is to hold a security meeting with security chiefs, based on the Council’s presentations, on Tuesday.

The Council also resolved to confer national honours on 434 Nigerians.

It will be the first honours granted by President Buhari since he assumed office in 2015.

We Are Ready To Conduct Census In 2021, Says National Population Commission

 

NPC Boss, Nasir Kwarra, speaks during a press conference in Abuja on December 21, 2020.

 

The National Population Commission has announced its readiness to conduct a nationwide census from June 2021 to early 2022.

NPC Chairman, Nasir Kwarra, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at the official presentation of the demographic dividend scorecard in the nation’s capital.

While acknowledging that the census has been delayed by five years, the commission said it has been in talks with the Federal Government on the issue.

“On our part we are ready. We can start conducting census from June 2021 to early 2022”, the NPC boss said.

“The issue of a census is at the front burner. We know that on our part we have already been delayed for about 5 years, but we are doing our best to speak with the government so that they can make a proclamation.

The last population census was conducted across the country in 2016.

Buhari Approves N10bn For Census Preparations

Acting Chairman of the National Population Commission, Dr Eyitayo Oyetunju briefs reporters on the agency’s preparations for census on October 5, 2020.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N10 billion for the next phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise in the remaining 546 Local Government Area of the country.

This was disclosed on Monday by acting Chairman of the National Population Commission, Eyitayo Oyetunji during a press conference in Abuja.

“I am however pleased to announce that His Excellency, Mr President has reaffirmed his commitment towards the successful completion of the EAD and indeed towards the conduct of the next census by approving the release of the total sum of N10 billion for the continuation of the EAD in the remaining 546 local governments in the country,” he said.

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He said President Buhari approved an additional N4.5 billion in the 2021 budget for the completion of the exercise, as part of the preparations for the next census.

According to Oyetunji, the exercise will outline areas in the local government areas into small geographical units called Enumeration Areas where the NPC will collate an accurate list of infrastructural facilities and households.

“The President has graciously followed this up by a further approval of an additional N4.5 billion to be included in the 2021 budget for the completion of the exercise as part of the preparations for the next census,” added.

Reps Ask FG To Announce Date For 2019 National Census

Reps Ask FG To Announce Date For 2019 National Census
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The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to announce a date when the next census in the fourth quarter of 2019 will commence.

The lawmakers made the request during plenary on Wednesday at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Following a motion sponsored by Mr Prestige Ossy, they noted that the National Population Commission (NPC) is saddled with the responsibility of gathering, collating and analysing demographic data such as a census.

The lawmakers referred to the data from the United Nation Fund for Population Activities that Nigeria has a dynamic economy and a large population expected to double in next two decades.

They stressed that the most significant feature of any society is human capital and census a pivotal tool for the growth which in turn informs decision making at all facts and endeavours of both government and private sectors.

The House recalled that the last census was held in 2006 while Nigeria’s population was estimated at 140,431,790 with an annual estimated growth of less than three per cent.

They decried that 12 years after the census, the current population of Nigeria is not known and the estimated 297 million presented by the NPC cannot be said to be accurate or reliable.

The lawmakers were also worried that the lack of up to date and accurate data on population has affected national planning and development at all levels, culminating into human and agricultural insecurity in the country.

They opined that a census based on bio-metrics data would capture all Nigerians and help to solve the problems of internal security challenges such as the farmers-herdsmen unrest, terrorism, and kidnapping among other crimes.

The House then resolved to call on the government to make provisions for census funds in the 2019 appropriation bill and mobilise NPC for the completion of Enumeration Area Demarcation and preliminary preparation of the census.

NPC Proposes 222bn Naira For Census In 2018

Census, NPCThe National Population Commission (NPC) has proposed a budget of 222 billion Naira to conduct a fresh national census in 2018.

The Chairman of the commission, Mr Eze Duruiheoma, announced the budget proposal at a meeting with the Senate Committee on Population and Identity Card.

The lawmakers on Monday made an oversight visit to the NPC Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Duruiheoma noted that the proposed sum would be used to enhance the conduct of a technology-based census using the Direct Data Capture machine.

On his part, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, acknowledged that 2018 was the most ideal year to conduct a census before the general elections.

He, however, said that President Muhammadu Buhari would have to give a proclamation first.

The legislator also noted that the budget was huge in the face of Nigeria’s recession and urged the commission to employ other sources of funding once the President assents the budget.

The committee equally probed the application of the NPC’s 4.4 billion Naira 2016 budgetary allocation and its uncompleted permanent site, ten years after the contract was awarded.

Fashola Stresses Role Of Planned Census’ Data In Planning

Babatunde-FasholaReactions may have trailed the planned 2016 census which is expected to cost over 15 billion Naira, but the essence of the exercise may be well over rated than the cost of it.

The immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says data is key for Nigeria’s development.

The former Lagos Governor was speaking on Tuesday at a presentation of three books about his administration, written by his former special adviser on media, Mr Hakeem Bello.

Mr Fashola stressed that for governance to be focused and purposeful, leaders must have accurate population and data of the people so as to give needed services

“In all of our lives’ experience, I don’t think that we can fairly say that we have recorded an accurate data of the number of people that we are.

“And for the people who did our first census now credited with owning up that the figures were falsified, the onus is upon us to get it right in 2016.

“I say this because, data in my view is important. If the work of government is to provide service to people, its efficiency will be determined by its knowledge of how many people need service.

“Without accurate census figures, it may seem that we are not determined to head in the part of development,” Fashola emphasised.

The former Lagos State Governor further stressed that “census was not about where the individual come from but where he lives”.

FEC Approves Text Books Worth N8.6bn For Primary And Secondary Schools

The Federal Executive Council has approved contracts over 8.6 billion naira for the supply of text books to public primary and junior secondary schools in the country.

The contracts were validated following a memo by the Education Minister, Raquyat Rufai for the provision of text books on Mathematics, English Language, Science and Technology.

Briefing journalists after the meeting the Information Minister said flanked by the education Minister and his state education counterpart, Nyesom Wike stated that the 400 million textbooks and other resource materials will be customized with the inscription: “FGN-UBEC 2012 intervention, not for sale” and state codes for easy tracing in case of diversion to unauthorised places will also be imprinted on these books.

The council also approved the contract to locally procure 40 utility vehicles for field works ahead of the 2016 national population census. President Jonathan gave the National Population Commission directives to procure the vehicles locally so as to encourage, develop and provide foundation for local manufacturers in the automobile industry.

Every Nigerian must have a national identity card by 2015-Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that he wants every Nigerian to have his/her national identity card by 2015.

The president made this known in Abuja on Tuesday, while speaking at the inauguration of the new board of the National Population Commission (NPC).

The new NPC team is headed by former Managing Director of the Nigerian Breweries Limited, Eze Festus Odimegwu.

The president charged the NPC teamm on what he called two sensitive population issues, first is that they must ensure that every Nigerian gets his national identity card by 2015 and that they should set up a committee to advocate the need to manage the population.

He also expressed his desire to see the nation’s vast population and human resources, utilised as an asset for national development, “if properly managed”, he added.

President Jonathan told the new leadership of the NPC to find out how countries that have similar population as Nigeria are able to manage it in the same manner countries with small population have.

He urged the new commission to go beyond just census and come up with advocacy programmes that to encourage Nigerians to have the number of children they can manage.

Recalling that the last census was carried out with cutting edge technology, the president called on the NPC to do better by raising the ante.

The new chairman of the NPC and his commissioners later filed out in batches for the oath and signed the dotted lines as well as received the presidential handshake.

The new chairman in his address dispelled anticipated worries on how a former brewer will manage the affairs of the population commission.

The United Nation Population Fund (UNFP) claims Nigeria is the sixth most populous nation in the world with an estimated population of 167 million people. It is estimated that the population will increase to 200 million in the next four decades.

Experts have called for a proper knowledge of all the data that goes with such huge population, to enhance government budget and plan properly, as well as effectively provide services for the people.