The National Population Commission (NPC) in Bauchi state has commenced a state-level training workshop for field personnel to be engaged for the trial census in preparations for the conduct of the 2023 population and housing census in the state.
Declaring the training open, the Federal Commissioner of NPC in Bauchi State, Ibrahim Mohammed Darazo explained that, the 12-day workshop is to equip the field functionaries with the required skills to effectively and efficiently deliver the exercise.
According to him, a total of 110 consisting of facilitators, supervisors and enumerators are drawn mainly from communities within the selected areas that have been carefully selected for the trial census through a transparent recruitment process.
“The Trial census is to be conducted from 11th to 24th July 2022. The house numbering will take place from 11th to 16th July to be followed by validation of the Enumeration Area frame from 17th to 19th July and enumeration of persons from 20th to 24th July 2022. The Trial Census, which is a dress rehearsal, is to evaluate all aspects of the census operations before the main census on a limited scale.
“The specific objectives are to assess the quality of the EA maps, determine requisite educational qualification for enumerators, the estimated workload of the enumerators, and logistics support for the main Census among others. The Trial Census in Bauchi will be conducted in one supervisory area in Nine (9) Local Government Areas of the state with three LGAs selected in each of the three senatorial districts.”
Darazo reiterated the commitment of the Commission to make the 2023 Census a resounding success through the adoption of technological innovations at every stage of the process and urged the field personnel to demonstrate professionalism, diligence and patriotism in their conduct during the trial census.