National Population Commission (NPC) has commenced the First Pre-test Population and Housing Census exercise in Benue state.
The exercise is part of the activity to ensure smooth operation and success of the next census.
Chairman, National Population Commission, Alhaji Isa Kwarra, who announced this during a press briefing said the pretest exercise is a critical part of the census planning process, which provides an opportunity to test all aspect of the census’ program and instruments in advance of the main census activities.
Alhaji Kwara whose speech was read by the Honourable Federal Commissioner, NPC, Benue State, Barr. Mrs. Patricia Kupchi-Iyanya, said the commission has intensified the Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD activity with 630 LGAs successfully demarcated from the pilot phase out of which 16 were from Benue state.
According to the NPC chairman, the next phase of the EAD exercise is expected to commence on the 14th of this month in Okpokwu and Ogbadibo LGAs in the state, while Makurdi LGA earlier demarcated in 2016 would be updated.
He expressed the commissions’ determination to demarcate all LGs in the state in the next three months.
He stated that in some of the LG demarcated during the 2016/2018 exercise, three of them Makurdi, Ohimini, Tarka, have been selected for the deployment of census’ instrument to testrun their suitability and readiness for the actual census, and cautioned that the pretest is not the actual census, but the mirror through which the commission access its readiness for the next census.
The NPC chairman appeals to respondents in the selected LGAs and EAS to extend maximum cooperation to the interviewers by answering questions truthfully and assured the public that all information volunteered would be treated with utmost confidentiality.
He urged other stakeholders to support the exercise.
Mr. Kwara also commended Governor Samuel Ortom for his contribution to the success of all programs of the commission in the state and sued for its sustenance, saying the commission was working with security agencies to ensure that all parts of the state were covered in the exercise.
In a remark, State director, NPC, Mr. Stephen Terhinde, thanked the commission for doing a good job for Benue people, and commends the people of the state for their cooperation to the success record.
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