Nigeria: NCP says Insecurity won’t affect 2023 census

The National Population Commission on Monday announced that efforts is being made to ensure that the 2023 population and housing census is not affected by insecurity in any part of the country.

According to the Niger Federal Commissioner of the Commission, Dattijo Usman, who stated this during a state-level compendium of localities workshop in Minna, “no locality would be left out”.

Datijo noted that the rate of insecurity in the country has reduced compared to what it used to be months ago.

He also added that the commission and security agencies are working out modalities to ensure how best the census would be done across the state.

“The issue of insecurity is abating now and we have concluded all the arrangements to have a successful census exercise. The insecurity issues in the state will not stop us from conducting census in 2023,” he said.

Datijo explained that the objective of the state-level compendium of localities workshop is to compile all the localities demarcated during the Enumeration Area Demarcation on local government area basis showing the coverage and location on interactive maps.

“The compendium of locality in census taking is a tool for census data dissemination and national planning and development.

“The Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise collected data on all localities with a standard definition of the locality as a distinct population cluster in which the inhabitants live in neighbouring sets of living quarters has a name or a locally recognised status.”

He expressed disappointment over the low representation of local government chairmen and government officials at the workshop despite the invitation sent to them describing the chairmen as critical stakeholders in the process of getting the compendium of localities right.