Over 70,000 apply for NPC ad-hoc jobs in Nasarawa

National Population Commission

By DANJUMA JOSEPH, Lafia –

Over 70,000 (seventy thousand) applicants have applied for ad-hoc jobs for the forthcoming National Population Census, slated for 3rd May, 2023 in Nasarawa State.

Mr Silas Agara, the Commissioner representing Nasarawa State at National Population Commission (NPC), disclosed this today in Akwanga, during a radio program monitored by our correspondent.

Agara, was featured in a morning belt program called ‘Matters Arising’, on Option FM 92:3 FM Akwanga, Nasarawa State, from 9-10am.

Out of the over 70,000 applicants, Agara said only 15,000 ad-hoc staffs will be engaged to work as supervisors and enumerators during head count and house census in the state. 

Agara, a former Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, said “a total of 70,782  applied and what we needed is only 15,000 ad-hoc staffs to conduct the forthcoming census in Nasarawa State” 

He added that “in Karu local government area, a total of 18,000 applicants applied and all we needed was 4000. In Lafia local government area of the state, 11,900 applied, but only 3000 is needed. In Akwanga, 6600 applied, but only 509 is needed for the job” he said.

Agara, who disclosed that some applications are still hanging because limited persons are needed for the jobs, appealed to applicants to be patient as according to him not everyone will be accommodated.

He further disclosed that due to desperation of some applicants, over 7000 were defrauded by fake approvals on the internet, as such he appealed to applicants to be careful.

On the speculation that religion or ethnicity was added to the questioniers, Agara, said such was not part of the questions, rather the commission want to ascertain the number of individuals and buildings to help government project and planned for years ahead.

On Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and individuals seeking to travel back to thier states of origin for capturing during the census, he said the system has been programmed in such a way that the number would be added to the state where you work.

The commissioner thanked the Nasarawa State Government, security in the state and the media, for their contributions towards a successful population census in Nasarawa State.

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