By: Ben Ukeji

Journalists and other media practitioners in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been urged to ensure effective and efficient reporting of activities of the National Population Commission (NCP), for adequate mobilization of the residents to participate in the 2023 National Population and Housing Census.

Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission, FCT, Hon. Joseph Shazin Kwali gave the charge during a workshop organized for Journalists by the FCT office of the Commission in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

Shazin Kwali said the role of the media in the mobilization, education, and dissemination of information to the public is crucial toward achieving a successful National Census in 2023.

The Commissioner stated that getting the census right is a task that must be achieved and assured that NPC is fully committed and has the requisite capacity to conduct a credible, accurate, and acceptable census this year.

He said preparation for the forthcoming Census in the FCT, and indeed across the country is in top gear and called on FCT residents to avail themselves and their households to the enumerators to be counted during the exercise.
He further assures members of the public that the commission is set to bequeath to the nation, a digitalized head count that would capture all the demographic.

According to him, the Commission has successfully carried out a demarcation exercise in the 774 Local Governments in Nigeria and has also conducted the first and second pre-test across the nation.

The former Chairman of Kwali Area Council said the One-day Capacity Building Workshop is aimed at further imbibing in the participant’s, skills necessary for effective reporting of the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

Earlier, Director, of Information and Communication, FCT, Muhammad Hazat Sule, urged participants at the workshop to make judicious use of the skills learnt in oder to ensure proper information dissemination to residents of the territory.
He said the FCT Administration under the pragmatic leadership of the Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, will continue to partner with relevant agencies of the Federal Government toward achieving their statutory mandates for the benefits of the FCT residents and the country at large.

Sule, commended the FCT office of the NPC for organizing the event for members of the fourth estate of realm, whom he described as worthy ally in the development of the FCT.

He insisted that the media should be involved in all the affair of governance for an egalitarian society.

Papers were presented on the: Enumeration Area Demarcation, Processes and Methodology for the 2023 Population and Housing Census, Generation of media content, among others.