A Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission (NPC), Bala Banye, has assured the people of the North-West that the commission will conduct a credible and acceptable census across the states in the region.
The commissioner gave the assurance on Thursday in Katsina in a keynote address at the opening of a training for the NPC’s staff working in the six states of the geo-political zone.
He explained that the management staff training was part of preparations for the conduct of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in the country.
Banye added that as part of efforts to deliver a credible and reliable census, the commission was taking every necessary step to ensure that results of the census would be acceptable to Nigerians.
He said NPC would ensure that the quality of the data to be generated met international best standards for planning and developmental purposes.
“It is imperative that the commission staff is adequately trained for this population and housing census; the quality of staff that will perform the activities is very important.
“Therefore, having a good knowledge of the content of the census document, the technique and the organisation of the census is key to its success.
“The aim of the workshop is to ensure that the State Directors, LGA Comptrollers and other senior staff are trained on detailed principles and methodologies for a successful census.
“This will provide the platform to adequately train the key census personnel at the state and LGA levels.
“They shall be trained on the required management rules, regulations and procedures that are necessary for implementation of the census project,’’ he said.
Banye said the workshop aimed at teaching the basic concept terms of questionnaire, and letting the participants know about planning, principles, methodology and management of census activities.
The commissioner said that it was also organised to ensure that the staff also knew about electronic data collection technologies, particularly the use of Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) device.
“This is in consideration of the significant changes in the way a population and housing censuses are conducted due to the use of electronic data collection technologies.
“This training presents a good opportunity for participants to grow their knowledge base and improve their job skills as staff of the NPC.
“To achieve the objectives of this training, participants must show commitment and dedication by giving full attention to the contents of the training,” he said.He told the participants that much was expected from them at the end of the exercise.