About 467 ad hoc staff of the National Population Commission in Bauchi State have taken to the streets to protest their alleged unpaid allowances.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest was carried out on Wunti Street in the Bauchi metropolis on Tuesday.
The ad hoc staff workers carried placards with inscriptions such as “No pay, no work,” and “We demand our allowances from NPC office.”
The spokesman for the ad hoc staff, Abbas Adamu, while addressing the state Director of the NPC and staff in Bauchi, said, “We have done our job but yet to receive our due allowances.
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“On behalf of the ad hoc NPC 2023 census staff who participated as special workforce and facilitators for the upcoming 2023 census exercise, we are here to inform the commission that we, in the attached list, have not received our training allowances which were conducted at Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi from January 23 to February 5 for special workforce and facilitators respectively,” he said.
NAN recalls that the protesting ad hoc staff were hired by the NPC to provide support for the 2023 census exercise in the state.
Responding, the state Director, NPC, Hudu Baballe, said, “I have listened to all your grievances and complaints and they are all noted. I have gotten the letter which would be forwarded to the commissioner and the national headquarters in Abuja.”
Meanwhile, the commission has warned enumerators and supervisors against counting a child born after a household has been enumerated to avoid an incredible census.
This is contained in Chapter Eight of the NPC 2023 Census Training Curriculum obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday.
The NPC noted even if the birth occurred within the census enumeration period, the child must not be enumerated.
“Children born up to the time the enumerator comes to the household are to be enumerated, but children born after the enumerator has completed the household, even if the birth occurred within the census enumeration period, should not be enumerated,” the commission said.
The document added that,”Similarly, persons who died within census enumeration period, but before the enumerator come to the household are not to be included, and any death that occurred after the enumerator has completed the household is not to be erased even if it occurred within the census enumeration period but after the visit of the enumerator.”
The NPC stressed that “only persons physically present at the time of enumeration shall be eligible to be enumerated