Alhaji Nasir Kwarra, Executive Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC) says the commission will set its entire operations on pedestal digitalisation, starting with the National Population and Housing Census.
Kwarra made the promise in his inaugural speech in Abuja on Wednesday.
It was reported that Kwarra was recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the substantive chairman of the commission.
He said that digitalisation of the registration of vital events such as births and deaths were to ensure the effective delivery on the commission’s data collation and dissemination mandate.
“We need to put in motion a machinery for the improvement of birth registration coverage nationwide, so that by August 10, 2021, we will have more to celebrate on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CVRS),” he said.
Kwarra, who called for team work among the commission’s federal commissioners, promised to motivate the NPC with encouraging remuneration and incentives.
He pledged a synergy with all data generating agencies and end users like the Bureau of Statistics (BOS), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the Ministry of Health and the National Planning Commission in improving and sustaining the dissemination of data to stakeholders.
“At the same time, we will increase the tempo of our engagement with our development partners: UNFPA, UNICEF, DFID, UNDP, Bills & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others, to elicit more support.”
Kwarra, however, stressed the need to make efforts geared towards transforming the commission from an ordinary data gathering outfit to a revenue generating organisation.
Earlier, the outgoing Acting Chairman, Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, who ascended the seat on March 13, 2020, said that under his watch the commission finalised the Phase 10 of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in 32 local governments’ areas.
Oyetunji, who reiterated the mandate of the commission as the collation and dissemination of data for a census, said the Nigerian Population and Demographic Report was finalised under him.
Dr Abdulmalik Durunguwa, Federal Commissioner for Kaduna, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, assured the chairman of maximum support to deliver on the commission’s mandate.