2023 census: Enumerators, facilitators take oath for prudence in Kogi

As the 2023 Census draws nearer, enumerators, facilitators and National Population Commission (NPC) officials in Kogi have taken an oath to be committed and prudent during the exercise.

Magistrate Abubakar Saiki led the participants into the oath taking ceremony at the auditorium of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL).

Prof. Habibat Isa-Jimoh, the Kogi NPC Federal Commissioner, reminded the participants of the import of oath taking so as to remain faithful to the cause of census.

Isa-Jimoh urged them to ensure that ‘every resident of Kogi was counted, irrespective of age and location, within the state.

“This is a digital and technology driven census that is so unique and different from what it was in the past. So, you must ensure everyone is counted and captured.

“The aged great grand fathers and mothers, no matter their frailty, and even a day old child, must be counted and captured.

“As enumerators and officials, you must be sure of the figure you have in a particular location before entering it in the digital machine.

“This is because what ever information entered in the machine can’t be altered anymore, ” he warned.

The federal commissioner warned them against sharp practice during the exercise, more so that they would be monitored by teams of supervisors, who inturn are being monitored by commission’s directors and quality assurance officers.

He further said, “any mistake you make will be corrected and remember, you can’t cheat anybody just as you can’t be cheated, so be sincere and truthful with your work.”

The commissioner admonished residents of Kogi to ensure that they were counted because “if one person was not counted, it means the census is not complete or correct.”

“It’s our mandate to ensure that everybody is counted in Kogi to qualify the people of the state for any resource/benefit that will come from the centre – Federal Government, ” Isa-Jimoh said.