In furtherance of preparatory activities for the conduct of the 2022 Population and Housing Census, the National Population Commission, NPC, on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at its headquarters in Abuja, inaugurated the Census Technical Working Group, (CTWG).
The CTWG is charged with the responsibility of supervising the entire census project, providing guidance on all technical issues relating to the census project, and serve as a clearing house for all census matters subject to the approval of the Commission.
In a statement signed by the NPC acting Director, Public Affairs, Dr Isiaka Yahaya, and made available to page3news.com.ng membership of the Group, is headed by the Acting Director-General of the Commission, Mrs Patience Mbagwu with Dr Inuwa Bakari Jalingo serving as Secretary. Other members are the Directors and selected Deputy Directors of the various departments of the Commission as well as the Chief Technical Adviser, (CTA), Dr Collins Opiyo seconded to NPC by the United Nations Population Fund, (UNFPA) as part of its technical assistance to the Nigeria’s census project.
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Page3news.com.ng reports that, in the inaugural address at the event, the Chairman of the Commission, Hon Nasir Isa Kwarra said membership of the CTWG has been carefully constituted taking into account the professional competence and commitment of selected individuals.
The NPC Chairman, Hon Nasir Isa Kwarra enjoined members to bring to bear, their technical expertise and wealth of experience spanning the last two censuses in the discharge of their responsibilities to ensure that the Commission delivers the first digital census to the nation.
Dr Yahaya stated that, the Chairman of the Census Committee of the Commission, Dr Ipalibo Macdonald Harry, in his welcome address, noted that the constitution of the CTWG, is a necessary step towards enhancing the technical quality of the entire census process.
Dr Harry disclosed that other functions of the group, include advising the Commission on pre-census, census and post-census activities, developing the methodology and instruments for the Census and providing platform for articulating and coordinating the activities of the census.
The CTWG, is also to develop Census Logistics plans, periodically report progress and challenges to the Commission and develop terms of reference and make recommendations on the composition of relevant national census committees.
Dr Collins Opiyo, the CTA, in his remark reminded members of the CTWG on the enormity of the tasks ahead, adding that Census, is not just an activity but a priority national development programme, that requires a lot of personal sacrifices.
While alluding to the description of census taking as a war, Dr Opiyo however opined that census, “is a voluntary war, one that must be fought peacefully”.
He stressed the need for the Commission to remain guided and work in line with the United Nations Principles and Recommendation in preparing for the census.
While noting that time, has become a huge constraint in the 2022 Census process, the CTA urged members of the CTWG to abide with the 3 ‘Ps’ namely “Participation, Passion and Performance’ in the discharge of their duties.