By Emmanuel Awari -Jalingo
The National Population Census (NPC), has flagged off the training of 104 field staff for the 2023 trial census exercise in Taraba State.
The federal Commissioner representing Taraba, Saany Sale while flagging off the training in Jalingo said that the exercise was to test all census operation in a comprehensive manner for the main census in 2023.
According to him, the trial census would cover one supervisory areas in each of the nine selected local government in the three senatrial zone of the state.
He disclose that the training is scheduled from July 11th to 30th 2022, would cover, Ardo-Kola, Karim Lamido and Yoro local governments in the Northern zone while, Gashaka, Kurmi and Sadauna in the Central zone and Ibi, Takum and Wukari would be covered in the southern zone.
He pointed out that the outcome of the trial phase of the exercise would enable the commision to assess the quality of the enumeration area maps created during the just concluded enumeration area demarcation exercise in all 16 local governments of Taraba state.
“The exercise would determine the possible Demographic and geographical changes that might have occurred in the EAs carved between 2016 and 2018, when the exercise was done manually and their implementations for census taking.
“It would determine the feasibility of uploading EA maps on the census application for house numbering and household listing as well as Population enumeration. It would determine the correction between EAD estimated population and the census pretest enumeration population, the requisite educational qualification for the 2023 census enumerators and as well determine the necessary logistics support that may be required from the states and LGAs” The Commissioner disclosed.
He said that, 1 coordinator, 9 supervisors and 84 enumerators will work in the trial census while enumerators will move round various communities in the selected EAs, numbering houses and enumerating members of the households.
He express the commision’s determination to deliver to nigerians a credible and verifiable national population and housing census in 2023, and appealed to the affected Communities to cooperate with the field personnels by ensuring their free accessibility to the enumeration areas and guarantee security the of the personnels.
Earlier, the Chairman of the recruitment committee, Dr. Useni Mafindi and that of the Civil society organization CSOs in Taraba State, Dr. Joseph Gimba encourage the personnels to take the training serious in other to desired goal of getting accurate Census figure for the nation.