Yesterday at the nation’s capital, Abuja A 13-man committee was inaugurated by the National Population Commission (NPC) to help champion the cause of creating awareness on the forth- coming 2023 population and housing census as well sensitize all residents of FCT to be part of the exercise.
Performing the inauguration ceremony, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory,Mallam Musa Mohammed Bello said the Census exercise is important to government adding that it will help in determining the current population of Nigeria as well aid in the planning and equitable distribution of resources within country including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) among others benefits.
The Minister who was represented at the ocassion by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Olushola Adesola however called on all residents of FCT not to stay back in their homes but rather come out during the exercise and get counted to enable government provided them with the needed amenities for their general well being.
In his presentation titlled “Methodology and Preparation for 2023 Population Census” the NPC Federal Commissioner, FCT, Hon. Joseph Shazin Kwali added that the overarching vision of the 2023 Census is not only to produce accurate, reliable and acceptable data but also to provide an inclusive and user friendly data that will be used by all segments of the society for development planning and critical programme interventions.
” Therefore, as part of this commitment, the FCT office will deploy full digital technology in the conduct of the Census and it will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the results of the Census is acceptable to all residents if FCT and the quality of the data to be generated meets international best standard”.
He however assured of the Commissions irrevocable committments to ensure the committee succeeds in the discharge of their mandate.
Members of the committee were drawn from the civil society groups, media organizations and religious groups among others relevant organizations.
Their terms of reference includes carry out public enlightment and education, and solicit support for the 2023 Census, it’s processes and procedures; undertake advocacy visits and strategic engagement with key stakeholders at the state and local government levels to solicit support for the 2023 population and housing census as well as mobilize resources, material or otherwise for the conduct of the publicity for the Census.
Others are to promote institutional collaboration and partnership between the commission, government agencies, community /Faith based organization and civil society organization on the 2023 Census advocacy and publicity as well as implement effective advocacy and publicity strategies in the 2023 Census.