NPC To Nigerians: 2022 Census Will be Nigeria’s First Credible Digital Census
TECHDIGEST – The Executive Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Alhaji Nasir Isa Kwarra, has assured that Nigeria will get its first credible census with reliable, quality data through the adoption of digital census technology.
The 2022 Census will be Nigeria’s first Digital Census and will change how the census is being conducted in Nigeria before now. This approach started with the demarcation of enumeration areas covering the entire territorial space of Nigeria using mobile handheld device and geographic information systems (GIS) and satellite imageries to create the digital census maps.
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The digital frame produced is a major tool for the planning of human and material resources for the Census. This determines the enumerators’ assignment areas and forms a basis for distribution of materials during the census.
The NPC had in February announced, inauguration of a Technical Working Group for the 2022 census.. The group is charged with delivering the first digital census to the country.
“This new approach will no doubt enhance the credibility of the process by eliminating double enumeration of respondents and improve the accuracy of the census result and the acceptability of the census outcome both locally and internationally,” said Kwarra.
” To meet the data needs of end-users and ensuring robust population quality for national transformation and global competitiveness, we must all work assiduously to achieve these goals.”
The NPC is statutorily empowered to collect, analyze and disseminate population and demographic data in the country. It is also mandated to undertake demographic sample surveys, compile, collate and publish migration and civil registration statistics as well as monitor the country’s population policy.
“We have the map data in our system androids which, unlike the analogue era will make it very easy for a reliable and credible census,” said Kwarra.