The National Population Commission (NPC) will recruit one million ad hoc officials for the conduct of the 2023 National Population and Housing Census.

The agency also said reliable technological innovation had been advanced for the exercise to prevent politicians and interested elites from hijacking or manipulating the process.

The Commissioner representing Ekiti State at the NPC, Deji Ajayi stated this yesterday in Ado-Ekiti at a news conference heralding the trial census preparatory to 2023 census.

Ajayi said nine towns across nine selected local government areas had been delineated into Enumerated Areas (EAs) to ease the trial census.

The councils are Ado, Emure, Iro, Ijero, Ikole, Iworoko, Ise, Ikun and Omuo Ekiti.

He added: “This is the first time we will be doing a paperless census, everything will be digital, to check corruption and ensure accurate data that can help national development. Census is a massive operation that will engage one million personnel, and managing such a huge workforce manually will raise huge logistics and documentation challenges.

“It is in recognition of this fact that the NPC resolved that recruitment for the 2023 census will be done electronically. This trial census will provide opportunity to test the feasibility of the e-recruitment.”

Assuring that the exercise will be difficult to manipulate, the NPC boss said: “Technology is open to manipulation, but the NPC has gone a step higher by having an updated technology innovation that can prevent multiple registration. The biometric will capture your face and fingerprints and goes to the server, but any similar information will be noticed and expunged immediately.

This time, anyone who is not seen will not register as a Nigerian. We have put everything in place to ensure this exercise will not be hijacked or politicised. The commission has also intensified preparatory activities by deploying technological innovation on a massive scale to conduct truly scientific census that will not only be accurate and reliable, but also transparent to all Nigerians.

“We have also brought in some eggheads from our universities and retired experts from the civil service to train our workers for better efficiency.”



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