Census: NPC Postpones Training For Enumerators, Supervisors Till Further Notice

A training course planned by the National Population Commission (NPC) for supervisors and enumerators working on the 2023 census has been postponed.

The NPC has indefinitely postponed the training, which was originally scheduled for April 13.

Dr. Ipalibo Harry, the head of the Commission, revealed this to reporters on Wednesday, April 12.

He emphasized that the situation wouldn’t affect how the population and housing census, which was set to take place from May 3 to 7, would be conducted.

Harry said the NPC has concluded the training of its data managers and is prepared for the census.

Nigeria is set to hold its first national population census in 17 years.

The census will be conducted in May and, according to the NPC, will meet global best standards.

Nigeria’s estimated population is more than 200 million, and the United Nations expects that to double by 2050. That would make Nigeria the world’s third most populous country, overtaking the United States.

The census had been earlier scheduled for March 29 but was postponed due to the postponement of the gubernatorial and state assembly elections.

According to the NPC, the census will be conducted digitally. This, according to the Commission, is in line with the United Nations (UN) recommendations.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) recently approved N2.8 billion for the Commission to procure software to be used for the conduct of the census.