The National Population Commission (NPC) remains steadfast in its preparations for the highly anticipated 2023 Population and Housing Census, despite the recent postponement by the government. In an interaction with media executives in Bauchi, the Bauchi State Federal Commissioner in the NPC, Ibrahim Darazo, reassured the public that the commission is eagerly awaiting the government’s announcement of a new date for the exercise.
Contrary to concerns that the postponement might hamper the successful conduct of the census, Darazo expressed confidence that it would yield positive results. He highlighted the commission’s commitment to ensuring a comprehensive and accurate census by emphasizing the need for proper awareness and sensitization campaigns. Darazo appealed to the media to play a vital role in disseminating information and engaging citizens in the 20 local government areas regarding the upcoming census.
During the meeting, Darazo revealed that significant resources had been allocated to the preparations since 2014, with a budget of N200 billion already expended. This financial commitment underscores the NPC’s dedication to conducting a meticulous and reliable census that will provide crucial data for effective governance, policy formulation, and resource allocation.
Hudu Ba-bale, the state Director of the commission, explained that the purpose of the breakfast meeting with media executives was to provide them with updated information on the progress made in the preparations for the census. This initiative underscores the NPC’s transparency and commitment to working closely with the media to ensure accurate reporting and widespread dissemination of information.
The 2023 Population and Housing Census holds immense importance for Nigeria, as it will provide an up-to-date demographic profile, enable informed decision-making, and support evidence-based planning across various sectors. The NPC’s determination to forge ahead with preparations, despite the temporary setback of the postponement, reaffirms their commitment to conducting a successful census.
As the nation awaits the government’s announcement of a new date for the census, it is crucial for all stakeholders, including the media, to actively participate in creating awareness and ensuring that every Nigerian understands the significance of their participation in this nationwide endeavor. With continued cooperation and collaborative efforts, Nigeria can look forward to a comprehensive and accurate 2023 Population and Housing Census.
Source: New Telegraph NG
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