NPC takes delivery of census equipment from local manufacturer 

The National Population Commission (NPC) has taken delivery of assorted data capturing equipment and accessories in Lagos, ahead of the November 2024 census.

Speaking during the handover, Tuesday, Managing Director of RLG Adulawo Limited, Mr. Tosin Ilesanmi, who said the equipment included personal digital assistants, power banks, SD cards and backpacks, stated that “the company is happy to fulfill the contractual agreement and justify local content inclusion in the process by delivering the required specifications and quality required by the Commission.” 

In his words, “Our pride is that the devices have been assembled by Nigerian youths thereby creating jobs in the country.

“It is also important to mention that we ensured that we delivered on time and according to specifications demanded by the National Population Commission.”

He further noted that the equipment being delivered were reliable for such rigorous exercise and used the opportunity to appreciate the federal government, management of NITDA, NPC and CCMON, for following through with Executive Order 003.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the company, Mr Razaaque Animashaun, has expressed the hope that the exceptional performance of the company would further encourage the government to continue to grow local capacity and reverse capital flight with such opportunities.

“RLG Adulawo is one of the few local suppliers engaged by the commission to partner with it on provision of reliable data capturing equipments for use in the field. And today, we are honouring our commitment, securing that partnership with this delivery. We thank the commission for the faith in us and other local manufacturers,” Mr. Animashaun explainedd.

Speaking during the handover, a representative of the Commission expressed satisfaction with the quality of equipment received from the company ahead of the census.

Blueprint recalled that the immediate past administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had initially set its sights on a census for 2022, and later shifted the timeline to 2023. However, in a last-minute decision before exiting office, President Buhari indefinitely postponed the census, leaving the task of announcing new dates to President Bola Tinubu.