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About one million qualified Nigerians will be engaged by the National Population Commission, NPC, to help facilitate the 2023 National Census.
The commission promised to conduct a credible census devoid of manipulation and hijack by interesting parties through the deployment of technological innovation.
This assurance was issued by Mr Deji Ajayi, the Commissioner representing Ekiti at the NPC while speaking at a press conference marking the trial census to be conducted in Ekiti. The trial will serve to test the readiness of the commission ahead of the main census next year.
Ajayi stated that nine towns across nine local government areas, selected out of the 16 councils in the state, have been delineated into Enumerated Areas, EAs, to ease the trial census.
Among the councils are; Ado, Emure, Iro, Ijero, Ikole, Iworoko, Ise, Ikun and Omuo Ekiti.
Ajayi said: “This is the first time we will be doing a paperless census, everything will be digital to check corruption and bring about accurate data that can help national development.
“Census is a massive operation that will engage one million personnel and managing such a huge workforce manually will raise huge logistical and documentation challenges.”