As part of the preparations for the 2023 head count, the leadership of the National Population Commission (NPC) yesterday visited an indigenous technology company, RLG Adulawo, in Ilesa, Osun State.
The inspection of the factory was to enable the commission to adapt its local content, particularly in terms of technology, to the conduct of the census.
The visit was also part of the commission’s efforts to ensure that next year’s census is conducted in accordance with the President’s Local Content Directive as well as global best practices, particularly in the area of technology. .
The team visited the various sections of the RLG Adulawo Technology City, Ilesa factory, including assembly lines, test centers and workshops, where ICT gadgets are produced. The city also boasts of a training institute that produces only the skills needed to service the ICT device sector. The team witnessed live assembly of set-top boxes (set-top boxes) for one of the country’s leading cable TV providers, as well as factory efforts for local assembly of Nigeria-made electricity meters .
RLG General Manager, Mr. Tosin Ilesanmi, who presented the 5,000 devices, daily assembly capacity of the factory, assured the visiting team of RLG’s readiness, capability and track record of provide the world-class devices needed to power the upcoming census in 2023.
Speaking to reporters after the inspection, which was attended by AFN Federal Commissioners, Hon. Darlington Okereke, Dr. Clifford Zirra and Senator Mudashiru Husain, the agency’s chief executive, Mr. Tellson Ojegun and other senior agency echelons present.
Zirra told reporters the facility tour was to ensure the agency hires the best hands to get the job done.
He added that the commission will partner with relevant Nigerian companies like RLG to encourage local content, to make the upcoming national census smooth and acceptable to all Nigerians.
Other team members expressed satisfaction with the readiness of the plant for the project.
Earlier, the Chairman of RLG Adulawo Technology City, Ilesa, Alhaji Rasaq Animashaun said that the company is open to partnerships and alliances with governments and relevant stakeholders to ensure that Nigerians benefit from more quality technologies produced locally.