NPC will conduct acceptable census in 2023 – Commissioner


NPC will conduct acceptable census in 2023 – Commissioner

Story from Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi

The National Population Commission (NPC) in Bauchi State has assured its determination to conduct a credible and acceptable census in 2023.

Alhaji Ibrahim Darazo, Federal Commissioner of NPC, said this Tuesday at a stakeholder’s summit for a credible and acceptable census in the state with the theme “Getting the people involved”.

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Darazo urged all relevant stakeholders to support the census process from the beginning to the end to achieve a credible and acceptable census in 2023.

“I wish to call on all stakeholders to join the Commission in realising the dream of providing the needed demographic data that will facilitate and place our state and the entire country on the pedestal of sustainable development.”

He explained that the stakeholders’ summit would provide an opportunity to discuss some of the modest and laudable achievements in preparations for the 2023 Census, as well as broaden the national support base for the successful conduct of the exercise.

The Commissioner said that the objective of the summit is to create public awareness of the conduct of the 2023 Census including its imperatives, methodology and timelines.

“Promote robust and informed national conversation on the processes and procedures for the 2023 Census.

“As well as provide a platform to offer clarification and receive feedback and suggestions on salient issues and considerations related to the conduct of the 2023 Census,” he said.

Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State has assured the Commission of all the necessary support from the preparatory stage of the headcount to the end.

He urged all 20 council chairmen, legislators, traditional and religious leaders and the media to mobilise, sensitise and create awareness among the people on the need for the census.

Represented by Alhaji Aminu Hammayo, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Development, Governor Bala said an accurate population provides an accurate plan for learning and provision of social amenities among others.

The Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu, Emir of Bauchi, represented by Emir of Dass, Alhaji Othman Bilyaminu Usman, assured that the traditional rulers will mobilise and educate their subjects on the importance of the census.