The Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission (NPC), Darlington Okereke has said some Nigerians are not overly enthusiastic about being counted for the 2023 census.
He made this known on Friday in Ebonyi while giving an update on the implementation of the trial population and housing census.
Okereke said the refusal of people to be counted was among the challenges confronting the commission.
“Other challenges were the absence of household members to be enumerated, outright refusal by some persons, and poor accommodation for functionaries,” he added.
He, however, assured that the commission would get it right during the main census.
Okereke said the training of functionaries and massive advocacy were some of the strategies the NPC adopted.
The Federal Commissioner revealed that ninety enumerators and nine supervisors took part in the trial census – house numbering and household listing – from July 13 to July 15.
“We will re-strategize on continuous public education and formation of Ebonyi Census Publicity Committee, amongst others,” he assured.