From Idongesit Inyang
The National Population Commission has said that the entire data collection on the proposed population and housing census in 2022 has already been digitalized by the Commission.
To this end, the data produced will not be contestable,according to the commissioner representing Cross River State in the Commission, Navy Capt Charles Ogwa rtd.
The NPC commissioner, who made the assertion Friday in Calabar, while addressing Journalists on the ongoing enumeration area demarcation, also said that the entire data collection, beginning with the enumeration area demarcation,has equally been digitalized by the Commission.
The ongoing enumeration area demarcation, involves five local government areas of Bekwarra, Obudu, Ogoja, Ikom, and Etung of Cross River State.
He said, “Unlike in the past when data collection was manually done, present exercise is digital. Once information is received from a particular person or household, it is stringed to local government, state, zonal and headquarters of the Commission’s quarters.”
Ogwa, charged Cross Riverians to assist the Commission by providing accurate information concerning themselves, families and houses whenever enumerators visit them advising that once the information is stringed to any data base, it will be difficult to change.
The NPC boss urged Nigerians not to maintain the fear of conflict of closeness of the proposed population and housing Census with 2023 general elections, explaining that the exercise will last for only 10 days if November 2023 is approved by the President, while election begins in April 2023.
He said that the first two days of the census will be set aside for updating of information on the enumeration area, assuring that no matter how recent the building and roads are, the Commission will capture them during the exercise.
The commissioner stressed that areas where the Commission were unable to access during the routine area enumeration demarcation due to conflict will now be visited and charged the Commission’s stakeholders to cooperate with the enumerators who would be deployed to their areas for the exercise.