2023 census: Nigerian government commences training of 786,741 workers

The National Population Commission (NPC) has said 786,741 workers would be trained and deployed for the 2023 Census.

This was disclosed in a statement by NPC’s Director of Public Affairs, Isiaka Yahaya on Monday, January 23 2023.

Yahaya stated that this would consist of 623,797 enumerators, 125,944 supervisors, 24,001 data quality assistants, 12,000 field coordinators, 1,000 data quality managers, 1639 centre administrators, and 59,000 LGA level facilitators.

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He said “In preparation for the conduct of the 2023 Population and Housing Census scheduled to begin from 29th March to 2nd April 2023, the National Population Commission has commenced the training of functionaries for the exercise in all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from Monday, 23rd January 2023.

“The training which is being organized in stages started with the training of Census Specialized Workforce (CSW) and facilitators who will in turn train enumerators, supervisors, field coordinators, data quality assistants and data quality managers. The training includes self-learning study, online training with monitored simulated hands-on and in-person classroom and hands-on training.”

He added that the functionaries were to be trained on census forms, census applications, data capturing processes, interpersonal communication, and basic troubleshooting of Computer Assisted Personal Interviews (CAPI).

“To ensure that the data collected are of high quality, the commission has recruited and trained Data Quality Managers and Data Quality Assistants on the deployment of maps, data validation and monitoring of the census dashboard.”

He further called on all stakeholders to support the commission to conduct the census successfully.

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