National Population Commission, NPC, has warned stakeholders including enumerators and staffers against laxity and partisanship in the conduct of the 2023 National Census.
Kogi State NPC Federal Commissioner, Prof. Habibat Isa-Jimoh, gave the warning during the inauguration of a 3-Day Specialized Work Force and State Facilitators Training, held in Lokoja Metropolis.
Isa-Jimoh said that the 2023 census was so crucial to the federal government such that it would not tolerate any attempt by anyone to rubbish it in anyway.
Represented by State NPC Director, Mr Ojo Abiodun-Titus, the Commissioner said, “the government and international Community is waiting to have a correct, credible, and acceptable census for national development purpose.”
“Therefore, any attempt to rubbish this census exercise with partisanship and laxity as done in 2006, shall meet with stiff consequences and penalties.
“We expect that when you are going out to the field, make sure you don’t have any link with any political structure especially putting on T-Shirts and Caps of political parties.
“As field workers or enumerators, you should place Nigeria first and above money and do this work without any form of laxity, because a successful, credible and acceptable census will benefit you at the end as a citizen, “she admonished.
Also speaking, National Monitoring Consultant to the commission, Prof. Makanjuole Osagbemi tasked the participants to take the training serious so as to get the knowledge that would help in getting the census right this Time around.