NPC Trains Enumerators, Supervisors, GIS officers on Postcode Area (PCA) Delineation

The National Population Commission (NPC) said it has commenced training of Enumerators, Supervisors and GIS officers on Postcode Area (PCA) Delineation at the National  Space Research and  Development Agency (NASRDA)'s Office in Abuja, as it continues preparation for the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

The NPC said the training session will train the Supervisors, Enumerators, and GIS officers who will be on the field for 7 days to validate a Postcode Area (PCA) Delineation Model in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory,  Abuja.

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According to the NPC, the Postcode Area (PCA) Delineation Model to be conducted in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is a micro-test, after which the whole country will be delineated into Postcode Areas.

The commission noted that it is collaborating with the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to training the functionaries for the ground-truthing of Postcode Area (PCA) Delineation Model at the NASRDA's Office in Abuja, as part of efforts to bequeath to our dear country a standard and digital postcode system that aids the economic, political, social and physical development of Nigeria.

"A postcode system assigns a unique alphanumeric code to every dwelling entity in the country, taking into consideration its unique use (residential, commercial, medicare or educational) and geographical location. 

"The 2013 National Addressing  Policy demanded that the existing 6-digit numeric  National Postcode be extended to enhance the granularity of the postcode. The extended postcode framework is a collaboration between NPC and NIPOST", the NPC emphasized.  

The Commission noted that it has derived a huge volume of geospatial resources during the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) exercise for the 2023 Population and Housing Census, which includes a digital map of all buildings and post offices in Nigeria, that NIPOST has decided to leverage to delineate the entire country into distinct Postcode Areas with unique identities. 

In attendance to declare the training workshop open on Wednesday included the Digital Chairman of NPC,  Hon.  Nasir Isa kwarra; Postmaster General of NIPOST, Hon. Sunday Adeyemi Adepoju; Director General of NASRDA, Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba; NPC Federal Commissioner, Akwa Ibom, and other senior officers of the relevant agencies.

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