By Ernest Pius, Abuja
The National Population Commission (NPC), started that seven thousand, seven hundred and eighteen 7,718 Enumeration Areas (EAs) were selected for the trial census to test run suitability and readiness for the actual census in 2023.
The Chairman of NPC, Alhaji Nasir Kwarra, disclosed this at the News Conference in Abuja on Monday. He said that the outcome of the trial census would not form the basis of the 2023 census.
The commission also noted that the total number of 14,461 functionaries, 13,461 hired enumerators and 1000 facilitators. Would be engages for the trial census
He explains that one Local Government Area will be fully covered in One LGA in One State in each of the six geo political zones and One supervisory area in 3 LGAs in each of the three senatorial districts in the remaining 30 states and the FCT.
He call on key stakeholders, especially State Governments, Local Government Councils and traditional institutions in the selected LGAs to extend support and assistance to the functionaries assigned to work within their domain.
Kwarra said: “The six local government would will be fully enumerated as Toungo Local Government Area, Adamawa State; North East Daura Local Government Area, Katsina State; North West Karu Local Government Area, Nasarawa State; North Central Imeko-Afon Local Government Area, Ogun State, South West; Idemili South Local Government Area, Anambra State, South East; and Brass Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, South South.
“The selection of the coverage areas has been scientifically and purposively carried out to achieve the objectives of the Trial Census. The selection of samples from all states of the federation and the FCT is expected to yield nationwide information on state specific issues that may arise for the next census and come up with possible solutions for addressing these challenges.
“However, some states have been selected for full LGA enumeration to test challenges around complete coverage under various scenarios such as in hard to reach areas, special population, and rural urban settings.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Trial Census is not the actual enumeration of persons for the 2023 Population and Housing Census. In other words, the outcome of the Trial Census will not form the basis of the 2023 Census. Data generated during the Trial Census will not be used to arrive at figures for the 2023 Census, which is going to be zero based and from information collected in April 2023.
“Census is a massive operation which involves the engagement of over one million personnel and managing such huge workforce manually will raise huge logistical and documentation challenges. It is in recognition of this fact that the Commission resolved that the recruitment for the 2023 Census will be electronic”, he said.
He also appeal to the Media to support the Commission in realizing its dream of providing the needed demographic data that will facilitate to place Nigerian on the pedestal of sustainable development.
According to him, the success of the trial census depends on the knowledge and skills of personnel engaged, elaborate arrangement was made for the Trial Census trainings. The Master Trainers workshop took place in Nasarawa State from 30th May to 3rd June, 2022 followed by training of Principal Trainers in the six geo political zones from 6th to 15th June 2022.
The Training of functionaries and field work commence today in all States of the Federation and the FCT and will take place for 12 days, 27th of June to 8th July 2022.