Aminat Yahaya —
The Federal Commissioner representing National Population Commission (NPC), Osun state, Senator Mudashiru Hussain yesterday in Osogbo, said the commission will deploy 17,000 personnel for the conduct of the 2023 census in the state.
Hussain, while revealing that the NPC has began meeting with communities where border issues are ongoing with a view to ensure a crisis-free exercise, he stated that the commission decided to deploy adequate numbers of personnel to complete the task timely.
“In Osun State we are engaging 17,000 personnel for the population and housing census for 2023. We have trained them including facilitator, enumerator and supervisor.
“A special workforce has also been trained which will be responsible for maintaining the Personal Digital Assistant gadget on the field. We have also trained monitoring and evaluation team and other administrators.
“We have started Enumeration Area Demarcation where we divided larger portion of the land into smaller units. This was done throughout Nigeria.
“We are ready for the census because the President has graciously approved 60 percent of Personal Digital Assistant(PDA) gadget from oversee and 40 percent for local gadget. We have taken delivery of over 70 percent of the gadget and before May we will take the delivery of the remaining equipment.
He added that to ensure integrity of the exercise, the PDA is programmed in such a way that it can only work where it was programmed to be used.
“The PDA have been geo-fenced which will reduce manipulation to the bearest minimum. It can’t work outside the enumeration area given to the enumerator. The exercise is defacto-based.
“We want crisis free census. We are going to embark on peace talk from tomorrow to speak with the people on boundary issues. Each person will be counted as part of the community where he/she reside to avoid double counting”, he added.