The National Population Commission (NPC) says it needs 37,000 workforces for the 2023 population and housing census in Kwara State.
Alhaji Abdulrasak Gidado, the Federal Commissioner of NPC Kwara, announced this at a news conference on Wednesday in Ilorin.
Gidado said that the online recruitment portal for the 2023 Population and Housing Census had opened on Oct. 28 and would close after two months, by Dec. 28.
So far, he said that the commission had received 7,000 applications from both males and females as of Nov. 5, urging more people to apply for the successful conduct of the exercise.
“I express profound appreciation to the Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State for his unprecedented support for the preparatory activities of the 2023 census.
“The need to be fair and transparent in the recruitment process has led the commission to introduce the online recruitment portal and train officers that will supervise the recruitment process.
“I am happy to inform the people of Kwara that the commission, through the online process, requests applications from the following categories of fields Facilitators, Training Centre Administrators, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, Data Quality Managers, Data Quality Assistants, Supervisors and Enumerators,” he said.
Gidado, however, said that the number of functionaries to be recruited in each category would depend on the number of available vacancies in each Local Government Area (LGA).
He said that in order to ensure a fair, efficient and transparent recruitment selection process, the commissioner would, in addition to the existing team at the state level, constitute an LGA Recruitment Team (LRRT).
The team would comprise three persons; a Comptroller (Chairperson), one NPC staff who has an NPC file number (as Desk Officer/Secretariat) and a Local Government Official.
The commissioner explained that State Recruitment Review Team (SRRT), who are already profiled, are to train the LRRT in conjunction with officers that will be sent from the headquarters.
He said that the Local Government Recruitment Team would work to ensure that prospective applicants in difficult terrains and areas with no network coverage have the opportunity to apply to serve as census functionaries.
Gidado said that the Headquarters Recruitment Team (HRT) in conjunction with State Recruitment Review Team (SRRT) would train the LRRT and monitor the recruitment exercise in the LGAs.
The commission assured that the advertisement requesting for application will be placed in national print and electronic media, as well as the commission’s website and social media platforms.
The bulk of personnel for the 2023 Census would be drawn from the communities where they are resident, in order to remove the huge logistics of moving personnel across the LGAs, he said.
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