As the population and housing census scheduled for 2023 gathers momentum, the National Population Commission (NPC) said it will identify the locations of special populations to ensure adequate planning for their enumeration during some exercice.
Chairman of the NPC, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra, said Thursday in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, when he declared an Open Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Identification and Mapping of Special Populations for Population and Housing Census of 2023.
Kwarra identified special populations to include; homeless households, homeless people, nomadic households, transients, migrant fishers, migrant farmers, mobile hunters, refugees/internally displaced persons (IDPs), among others .
He noted that it was essential that all members of the groups be identified in time, wherever they are, and that their locations be mapped and georeferenced in the national framework.
The NPC boss, however, noted that enumerating special populations is usually a significant challenge in censuses, due to the unique nature of their settlement, occupation or other characteristics that make them special compared to regular populations. or institutional.
He added that identifying and mapping the location of these special populations is also crucial as the exercise provides important socio-cultural and qualitative information that would aid in publicity planning, logistics and the proper procedure for enumerating the population. band.
Kwarra said data expected from this project includes location of particular populations in localities of all LGAs in the country, daily activities of groups, their movement patterns and migration intentions as this affects community participation. in the census.
Other data, according to him, are the privileged sources of information and communication, the existing social organizations, the institutions and the means of communication which can be used to mobilize these communities for an effective participation in the Census of Population and Habitat 2023.
He called on the trainees to ensure that they pay maximum attention during the training to assimilate the procedures to systematically undertake the exercise.