Ahead of the 2022 national census exercise, the National Population Commission, NPC, has commenced Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD, phase 2, in Enugu State, with a promise to ensure credible and reliable census figures.
The EAD phase 2, which was conducted simultaneously in 95 Local Government Area, LGA, across the 36 states of the federation, is scheduled to hold to end on the 20th of January 2021. Declaring the exercise open at Ezeagu Local Government Area, Enugu State, the Federal Commissioner representing Enugu State, Hon. Ejike Ezeh, explained that the success of a credible and accurate census depends largely on the quality and reliability of EAD.
While charging the facilitators to display professionalism in the field, Eze noted that the information from the output is very useful for development planning and efficient distribution of infrastructural facilities as well as the provision of socio-economic services.
“Planning for census is anchored on the EAD as the basis for estimating both the human and material resources required for the census.
In addition to being the foundation for the census, the national sample frame for the country is created from EAD. The sample frame derived from EAD is the one that is used by all data collecting organizations, including MDAs and research institutions.
“EAD is the process of delineating the entire land area of the country into small “mutually exclusive” geographical and demographic unit called enumeration area; the units to cover during the exercise comprises of the specific number of persons and houses.
“This is why we in the commission have resolved to get it right in our quest to deliver to the nation an accurate, reliable, acceptable and verifiable census”, Eze explained.
He assured of the Commission’s “preparedness and unwavering commitment to working towards a successful conclusion of EAD, considering the personnel and sophisticated technology at their disposal”.
In his remarks, the chairman of Ezeagu council area, Hon. Chukwudi Anih, assured the commission of the council’s support and cooperation during and after the exercise, saying that the exercise has provided them an opportunity to enhance the previous census.
He said that the stakeholders in the area have mobilized the communities to participate in the exercise.
“We are very grateful to be part of this exercise today. All the stakeholders in our communities met yesterday to strategies for a fruitful exercise. We will give them all the necessary support needed to deliver”, Anih assured.