The National Population Commission (NPC) has reported that all necessary preparations have been made for the upcoming population and housing census in 2023.
Federal NPC Commissioner for Adamawa Clifford Zirra said the panel is waiting for orders from President Bola Tinubu before beginning the process.
Zirra updated media executives on the progress of census preparations during an open session on Wednesday in Yola.
The commissioner claims that President Tinubu approves of the commission’s performance.
He emphasized the importance of the census, saying it would be difficult to predict the future without it.
It gives us reliable and current information about our population, which is crucial for efficient policymaking and progress. He explained that the data gathered during the census would be used to drive future policy decisions, budgetary allotments, and the rollout of new social and economic initiatives.
According to Zirra, “the commission welcomes the decision of the Federal Government on the postponement of the conduct of the census in order to give the new administration the opportunity to have input in the census process.”
He also claimed that the delay had allowed the commission more time to fine-tune its systems and procedures in preparation for the first-ever digital census.
Zirra also revealed that the commission had done everything that needed to be done to get ready, including the demarcation of Enumeration Areas, the administration of pre-tests and a trial census, the instruction of field personnel, and the installation of an ICT infrastructure in every region of the country.
Director of the NPC in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Hamma-Adama, gave thanks to the state’s media outlets for their support and cooperation.
According to Hamma-Adama, “census will be successful only if there is good publicity and enlightenment.”