According to the National Population Commission (NPC), the federal government would hire one million Nigerians to help in the 2023 national census.
The commission emphasized that population statistics would be used by private organizations to plan for the recruitment of young Nigerians by knowing the number of the active population. The commission claimed that reliable technological innovation had been advanced by the NPC for the conduct of the exercise to prevent politicians and interested elite from hijacking or manipulating the process.
Deji Ajayi, the commissioner who represents Ekiti at the NPC, said that nine towns spanning nine local governments—chosen from the state’s 16 LGAs—had been divided into Enumerated Areas (EAs) to facilitate the trial census.
He listed areas to be enumerated in the trial census as Ado, Emure, Iro, Ijero, Ikole, Iworoko, Ise, Ikun and Omuo Ekiti.
“The government will also use such statistics to plan for our youth, students and the health needs of Nigerians. They will also know the number of senior citizens who should be catered for.
“The biometric technology will capture your face and fingerprints and goes to the server and any similar information supplied will be noticed and expunged from the data immediately.”