Population Census: NPC Engages Stakeholders On Credible Census In Kaduna


    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    The National Population Commission (NPC), on Friday, engaged various stakeholders in order to ensure credible, reliable census in Kaduna.

    Mr Abdulmalik Durunguwa, Federal Commisioner of the commission in the state made this known at a stakeholders summit for the 2023 National Population and housing Census in Kaduna.

    According to him, the aim of the summit is to provide a platform to offer clarification, receive feedback and suggestions on salient issues and concerning the conduct of the 2023 Census.

    He said the commission was committed to ensuring that the results, quality of data generated from the census were acceptable to Nigerians while meeting international best standards for planning and developmental purposes.

    Durunguwa said that the 2023 Census would be fully digital in line with the United Nations principles and recommendations.

    Speaking, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna said that the goal of the summit was to strengthen collaboration and solicit cooperation in support of key stakeholders for the sucess of the 2023 census.

    El-rufai said it was necessary to have an informed state level conversation on the processes and procedures of the census so as to convince citizens to make themselves available for emumeration during the excercise.

    He said the conduct of census was an essential government activity to ensure an evidence base, reliable demographic data for national planning and development.

    The governor commended traditional rulers, local government chairmen for facilitating the just concluded Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise in security challenged LGA’s.

    Mr Umma Aboki, Chairman, State Census Committee, said the importance of quality demographic data could not be overemphsized towards development planning for the future.

    “Government needs data to tailor its development efforts in providing quality healthcare services, education system, recreational centers, jobs and other basic amenities for the population in other to project and plan for the future,” he said.

    Aboki said to ensure smooth conduct, the state swiftly constituted a state steering committee.

    He said that the aim for the committee was for conducting and coordinating census preliminary activities towards having a seamless population and housing census for 2023 in the state.

    Alhaji Ahmed Bamalli, Emir of Zaria, commended the commision for the initiative, saying there was no country that could develop without accurate data.

    He disclosed that for the past one year traditional rulers were being engaged on the exercise.

    The Emir called on all stakeholders of the commission to have an accurate data of citizens for proper planning


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