Census 2023: NPC Announces Date for Election And Begins Training For 786,741 Workers Nationwide

The Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC) Nasir Isa Kwarra, disclosed that census 2023 National Population and Housing will be held from March 29 to April 2nd, 2023. This was made known to State House Correspondents on Monday shortly after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

When is 2023 Census in Nigeria

Starting from 29th March to 2nd of April, our staff will be in the field enumerating people,” said Kwarra. Still speaking, The NPC boss also assured Nigerians that there would be no room for the manipulation of the 2023 population census, saying it would conduct a more credible exercise with the aid of available technology.

The NPC Chairman Kwarra, said the technology put in place would help to make it difficult for anyone to manipulate the election exercise this year and that the exercise would be totally different from the past elections, marred by controversies, as the commission would be making use of cutting-edge technology, including Global Positioning System (GPS) and satellite images, noting properly that every building in the country has already been coded for the purpose.

According to the Chairman; This census is going to be different from the past Nigeria censuses. He went on to narrate that the theory and practice are essentially the same, but we’re using high-end technology to conduct this census and it’s such that nobody can tamper with any figure and nobody will be counted more than once.

We shall commence visitation to households to do direct interface with the household and collect data. In the past, carrying out these operations manually was very cumbersome, but this is being aided by technology and I believe it’s going to be transparent, very fast and it is going to be verifiable because we are able to provide data from the  local government, up to wards level. 

According to Kwarra, the demarcation of enumerated areas had been completed, affirming that the exercise proper would take place between late March and early April. He also made known that a portal had been opened by the Commission to recruit ad-hoc staff for the conduct of the exercise, adding that people recruited will be deployed to work in their chosen localities

Speaking against the worrisome security situation in parts of the country, the NPC Boss expressed hope that the exercise would be conducted smoothly in the areas affected with security surveillance put in place. He posited that non-Nigerians will be counted so long as they are in the country at the time of the exercise. Also, according to the 2023 Appropriation Act, the federal government has earmarked N40 billion for the National Population and Housing Census.

Census 2023 Number of Workers

The National Population Commission (NPC) has clearly stated that 786,741 workers would be trained and deployed to the field for the Census 2023.

On Monday, January 23, the National Population Commission announced that it would be assembling a set of active functionaries of 786,741 workers to assist with the upcoming census 2023. The breakdown of the team is as follows: 623,797 enumerators, 125,944 supervisors, 24,001 data quality assistants, 12,000 field coordinators, 1,000 data quality managers, 1639 center administrators, and 59,000 LGA-level facilitators.

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In a statement by the NPC Boss on Monday, “The preparation for the census 2023 Population and Housing Exercise has been scheduled to begin from 29th March to 2nd April 2023. The NPC has commenced the training of functionaries for the exercise in all the 36 states of the federation inclusive of the Federal Capital Territory.

2023 Census Learning Portal

According to Kwarra, the training which was being organised by NPC in stages has earlier started with the training of Census Specialised Workforce and facilitators.

The first set of people trained by the NPC has been directed to train the rest which includes the enumerators, supervisors, field coordinators, data quality assistants, and data quality managers.

It is worthy to note that the training includes self-learning study and online training with monitored simulated hands-on and in-person classroom and hands-on training to ensure adequacy.

The statement added that the workers were to be trained on census forms, census applications, data capturing processes, interpersonal communication, and basic troubleshooting of Computer Assisted Personal Interviews for thorough screening.

The commission has recruited and trained Data Quality Managers and Data Quality Assistants on the deployment of maps, data validation, and monitoring of the census dashboard to ensure that the data collected are of high quality

The NPC Boss has also taken steps further in calling on all other stakeholders to support the commission in ensuring a successful census cum 2023 Nigerian Election.

2023 Census Budget

In addition, during the expansion of registration centres, registration of birth and death, and Adhoc registration took about N350m.

Also, the total sum of N25m was been allocated for census research, documentation, and archiving (for example; research on historical events, special population e.g. herdsmen, fishermen, homeless persons, migrant farmers.)

The Census advocacy and publicity (such as;  publicity, information, communication, DNA enlightenment for population programmes, through print electronic media.) will gulp to the total sum of N120m.

It is worthwhile to know that the outstanding/miscellaneous activities for the 2023 population and housing census will take N30bn and probably above.

In the 2023 Appropriation Act, the Federal Government earmarked N40bn for the Nigerian National Population.

A total whooping sum of N10m was allocated for the national population and housing census, while the national population data bank, Nigerian population database management system, geo-portal hosting of population website and web portal got N50 million.

According to the statement released by the Chairman, the conduct of census in schools and the training of advocates staff for data collection and interviewing techniques will gulp N60m



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