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2023 Population Census: NPC Trains Comptrollers On Critical Processes



Joel Ajayi

In furtherance to the preparation for the upcoming 2023 Population and Housing Census, the National Population Commission NPC has commenced training of the Comptrollers in charge of the Commission’s Local Government Area offices nationwide on the critical processes of the 2023 Population and Housing Census, and the Comptrollers’ role in the census workflow. 

In a statement issued on Monday by NPC’s Director, Public Affairs Isiaka Yahaya, revealed that, Commission is deeply committed to give the nation reliable and acceptable census data for evidence-based development planning

According to the statement, “Purpose of the training is to equip Comptrollers with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their duties effectively and efficiently during the census exercise.

“The training will be practical-oriented, focusing on specific tasks and skills that Comptrollers require to execute their assignments.

The training starts on Tuesday, 7th March 2023 and ends on 9th March 2023. It will be conducted in two States per geo-political zone of Nigeria.

“In North-West Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna will host Kano, as Kebbi and Zamfara will join Sokoto, another host state in the zone.

“As for the North-East, Taraba and Adamawa will join Gombe host state as Yobe and Borno will converge in Bauchi, another host state in the zone.

“Going to North-Central FCT, Plateau and Benue will receive their training in Nassarawa the host state while Kogi and Niger will be in Kwara in the zone.

“Also, South-West Oyo state will host Lagos and Ogun state as Ondo will host Ekiti and Osun state.

“In the South-South region, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa will converge in River state while Delta will host her neighbour Edo state.

“While in the South-East region, Anambra will host Abia and Imo states, as Ebonyi will be in Enugu for their training. “

The statement added that; “All the 774 Comptrollers are expected to be trained on the focus areas of the 2023 Census processes by the 60 Resource persons drawn from various departments of the Commission. The topics include: Census Methodology; Presentation of the Census Frame & Locality List; Field Operations; Local Government Training (Supervisors and Enumerators); Data Quality Management; Monitoring and Evaluation; Enumeration of Special Populations; Enumeration in Hard-to-Reach areas; Recruitment & Payment; Tablets Management; ICT Infrastructure & Management; Training Centre Identification & Facilities; Training Centre Management; Census Logistics; Census Security; Publicity and Advocacy; Identification and Assessment of Internet Connectivity Gaps; Green Census; Legal Framework for the 2023 Census and Administration of Oath of Secrecy; Sexual Exploitation, Harassment and Abuse; Census PES: Trial Census Experience; and the International Best Practice in Census Taking.”

NPC however, called on all Nigerians to support the Commission and present themselves to be counted during the 2023 Census exercise.

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Amb. Dr. Queen Blessing Ebigieson, sworn in as new president of AMP



Joel Ajayi

Nollywood’s premier guild, Association of Movie Producers, (AMP), has recently sworn in her immediate past Vice President, Amb. Dr Queen Blessing Ebigieson, as the substantive president of the association. This is following the demise of Ms Peace Anyiam-Osigwe MFR, earlier in the year and in respect of the associations constitutional provision which states that the vice president shall complete the tenure of the president in the event of the president’s permanent relocation from Lagos, impeachment or death.

In a statement Signed on Sunday in Abuja by the National Publicity Secretary of Association Nzeh Frankwhite revealed that  official swearing in of the new president was  held on 17th of March 2023 at the association’s national secretariat in Surulere, Lagos. 

The swearing in/oat taking was administered by Barrister Nobert Ajaegbu under the supervision of the association’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Olorogun Zeb Ejiro and witnessed by some prominent stakeholders of the association. 

The short ceremony was also transmitted live on zoom for the virtual participation benefit of numerous members across the globe

In her acceptance speech, the new president promised to do her best not to let down the memory of late madam Peace Anyiam-Osigwe MFR and her numerous colleagues who have reposed this confidence in her, the new president, however called for the total cooperation of all, since she can do nothing without their support.

 She thanked all her colleagues from far and near and promise to ensure the association and its members will witness a season of greater glory under her watch

Other stakeholders that were present at the event were; 

Francis Onwochei, Keppy Ekpeyong, Hope Opara, Lilian Ama-Aluko, Joe Dudun, Baba Agba, Tony Chukwuma, Franca Brown, Emmanuel Ogugua, Emeka Ossai, Uncle Dele Osawe, Moji Oyetayo, Favour Benson etc. 

The new president has since resumed in her new role as the leader of the association in Nigeria. Congratulation!

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