It has been reported that no fewer than 1,000 hackers have invaded the server of the National Population Commission (NPC), as the commission prepares for the 2023 Population and Housing Census.
This was disclosed by the Manager, NPC, Dr. Inuwa Jalingo, at ‘Bloggers/Social Media Interactive Workshop For A Successful 2023 Population and Housing Census’ in Abuja.
While answering questions after presenting his paper entitled: ‘Enumeration Area Demarcation/Process and Methodology of the 2023 Population and Housing Census’, Jalingo said the situation has been put under control through the “specialised workforce, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) classes and mop-up phase.”
According to him, the United Nations (UN) recommendations for the 2020 round of censuses specify that countries should leverage digital tool for the conduct of censuses.
“The 2023 PHC–Nigeria’s first Digital Census–will employ innovative digital tools and procedures to improve the census-taking process. These tools have been adopted and integrated into the census processes, including in the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD), pretesting of tools, recruitment, data quality management, monitoring and evaluation, project management, communications, main data collection fieldwork monitoring and dissemination.”