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Census: NPC Decorates Media Ambassadors In Delta
Published Mar 24, 2023 IN METRO,
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AHEAD of the 2023 Population and Housing Census (PHC), the National Population Commission (NPC) has decorated selected journalists in Delta State as its ambassadors for the successful conduct of the enumeration exercise.

The federal commissioner representing Delta State in the Commission, Sir Richard Odibo, decorated the journalists in Asaba at a one-day capacity-building workshop on effectively reporting the 2023 census.

While declaring the workshop open, Sir Odibo, represented by the NPC State Director, Mr. Patrick Lotobi, said the workshop intended to improve journalists’ capacity to report the census processes and outcomes effectively.

“Census is conducted periodically by various countries to provide an accurate and reliable data assessment of the persons in a country, including Nigeria.

“This workshop is specifically designed to improve the capacity of journalists to effectively and professionally report the census processes and outcome, knowing that the media’s role in achieving a successful census cannot be overemphasized as they are there to inform, educate, refute negative perception and promote acceptability.

During the workshop, the journalists were educated on Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) for the 2023 census, processes, and methodology.

Other topics discussed include technological innovation in the 2023 population and housing census, the history of the population census in Nigeria, the structure and mandate of the National Population Commission (NPC), and how to generate media content during the census.

Speaking on the EAD for the 2023 census, Lotobi explained that the NPC could only fully achieve its mandate with the availability of a comprehensive, reliable, verifiable, and sustainable geographic frame.

On technological innovations in the 2023 census, the resource person, Jerimiah Erunube, said that the NPC had adopted digital tools for the census exercise in line with the recommendations of the United Nations and global best practices.

Meanwhile, the Head of Media and Advocacy, Mr. Anthony Uwaechue, educated reporters on generating media content from the census exercise through their interface with traditional rulers, NPC functionaries, opinion leaders, academicians, government officials, and other stakeholders.

Earlier, the Head of the Census Department of the NPC, Delta State, Mr. Sylvester Evuarherhe, discussed the history of population censuses in Nigeria, as well as the structure and mandate of the NPC.

At the end of the interactive workshop, Sir Odibo decorated the journalists as ambassadors for the census exercise. He charged them to deepen awareness among the grassroots to appreciate and participate in the nationwide count.

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