2023 Census: NPC assures security of Server, hackers can’t penetrate. National Commissioner.
IDRIS AHMED, LOKOJA.
Naijareporters reports that the National Population Commission, NPC, has assured that it’s server for the conduct of the forthcoming population and housing census can not be hacked by any means.
The National Commissioner in Kogi state, Professor Habibat Isah gave the assurance, while debunking the rumours making the rounds that the server was hacked even though there were several failed attempts by hackers.
“As against the lies and rumours that have been peddled, the National Population Commission server has never been hacked because we have never rested and we won’t rest until the programme becomes successful,” he said.
Addressing a press conference to update journalists on the Commission’s preparation towards the exercise in Lokoja, on Tuesday, assured that with the level of security put in place to secure the server, hackers would find it to break into it no matter how intelligent they may be.
“ We at the NPC are fast learners, we quickly learned from the experience of the Independent National Electoral Commission, in the last elections and we have put additional security measures in place such that not even our staff can hack”, the Federal Commissioner boasted.
Prof Isah explained that the server is one of the most important aspects of the census, the need to protect it from being hacked.
“In the time past, censuses had been conducted using paper and pen but this time, the census will be conducted using Android devices such that once the information is got, it will go directly to the server.
“Apart from our actions against hackers and intruders, we have been able to conduct series of training for different stakeholders of the commission including the Federal Commissioners.
He also disclosed that the recent training for the Federal Commissioners was held in Port Harcourt, while the state directors and other officials of the commission are undergoing continuous training.
The Census Chief explained that the need to take the census seriously became imperative in view of its significance because as a tool for national planning and development.
He also disclosed that the leadership of the commission would also be meeting with the Federal Government at the Federal Executive Council meeting for briefing on the level of preparedness.