2023 Census: Why NPC is taking part in Calabar Carnival – Official

The National Population Commission (NPC) has said it was taking part in Carnival Calabar billed for Wednesday, December 29, 2022 as part of its sensitisation campaign for the 2023 population and housing census.

NPC Chairman, Hon Nasir Isa Kwarra, who was repesented by Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, Chairman, Public Affairs Committee of the Commission, as well as Navy Capt Charles Ogwa (rtd) federal Commissioner representing Cross River state in the NPC board, made this known in Calabar, Tuesday, during a press briefing.

“Our involvement in the Calabar Carnival is to see how we could use the audience provided by the event to do sensitization. Our presence in the Carnival underscores the importance we attach to the exercise, the seriousness and commitment of the NPC to deliver to Nigeria unblemished, credible and acceptable population and housing census.

“The policy of the Commission is to ensure all Nigerians are involved. That is why we are using the event to create additional awareness.

“Apart from those who would be physically present in the Carnival, the event is beamed live to millions of people to watch. We will have NPC stand during the event. This is the first digital census to be conducted in Africa and we are getting set for it. Trainings are ongoing.

“It is unfortunate that some States are yet to take ownership of the exercise. The truth is that it shall benefit them more. Census is for development planning and is also an instrument of accountability,” Kwarra stated.

On his part, Navy Capt Ogwa (rtd) said, “The Commission decided not to take opportunity provided by the Carnival for granted. The event has a large television/live radio coverage including the DSTV, with over 50 million viewers.

“We are taking part in the Carnival as a non-competing group but we shall use the opportunity very well to publicize our activities as regards the 2023 census and shall be sharing flyers and other printed materials.

“Before now, the Commission had embarked on a number of activities including Enumeration Area Demarcation, conducted first pre-test/trial census, displayed compendium, and open portals for e-recruitment and as we speak, training of personnel is going on. Let me say that we are fully ready.”

The federal Commissioner reiterated that everyone, including those in IDP camps and those on the streets, would be adequately captured.

He therefore appealed to all Nigerians to give the census the importance it deserves.