By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The National Population Commission (NPC) has commenced the 11th phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD)in three Local Areas of Kwara state namely, Irepodun, Oke-Ero and Ekiti.
The three LGAs when completed will be added to five Local Government Areas already Enumerated which include Patigi,Edu, Ilorin-South,Isin, and Oyun Local government Areas.
The Commission flagged off the exercise at a stakeholders meeting held on Thursday in Ilorin.
In his speech, the Chairman, NPC, Hon. Nasir Kwarra said the sample frame derived from the EAD is the one that is used by all data collecting organizations, including MDAs and research institutions.
He added that the frame is also used by international agencies including the IMF and the World Bank to monitor the economic and financial performance of the country.
Kwarra who was represented by the Honourable Federal Commissioner NPC Kwara state, Alhaji AbdulRazaq Gidado disclosed that a total of 260 LGAs have been successfully demarcated across the 36 states and FCT in the previous 10 phases adding that this 11th phase would commence on 9th of December, 2020 and end on the 20th of January 2021( inclusive of training and fieldwork)
According to him, “I welcome you to the commencement of the 11th EAD exercise of the NPC.
“As you may be aware a total of 260 LGAs have been successfully demarcated across the 36 states and FCT in the previous 10 phases.
“This 11th phase will commence on 9th of December, 2020 and end on the 20thof January 2021( inclusive of training and fieldwork).
“In addition to being the source of the national sample frame, there are several other deliverables from the ongoing EAD.
“Some of them include an up-to-date list of households, buildings, social-economic infrastructural facilities and their geo-referenced distribution across localities, wards,LGAs, and states.
“The information from these outputs are useful for development planning and efficient distribution of infrastructural facilities and provision of social-economic services.
“In addition to being the foundation for the census, the national sample frame for the country is created from the EAD.
“The sample frame derived from the EAD is the one that is used by all data collecting organizations, including MDAs and research institutions, furthermore the frame is is also used by international agencies including the IMF and the World Bank to monitor the economic and financial performance of the country, “he said.
According to him, ”It is important to state that latest technology is being deployed for this EAD exercise, including the use of high-resolution satellite imageries as the base map,use of Global Positioning System (GPS) for geo-referencing and the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) for data management. Also personal Data Assistants (handheld device/tablets) that include computer software for population estimation are being used for data capture.”
Kwarra restated that, the Commission was determined to deliver to the country a population and housing Census that will stand the test of time.
The Chairman solicited the support of all Nigerians as they embark on what is obviously going to be massive Enumeration Area Demarcation activities across the nation.
He also called on the state governors, security agencies, traditional Rulers and community leaders to provide security, logistics support and a conducive atmosphere for their functionaries to perform to their opitmum.
In his address, the Governor of Kwara state, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq lamented that Kwara was being shortchange in the 10th Phase of the enumeration because a son of the soil was not at the elms of affairs.
The governor who was represented by Deputy Chief of Staff Princess Adebukola Babalola appealed to the royal fathers to support the exercise as the benefits is enormous in terms of job creation, infrastructural development and creation of more local government Areas.
He called on the Commission to make use of indigenes of various communities for the enumeration which he said would solve the accommodation and some logistics issues.
Earlier, in his Goodwill Message, Secretary Kwara state Council of Ulamas Justice Soliu Mohammed(rtd) solicited support for National Population Commission for a successful exercise.
“You can’t have any tangible development without knowing the number of people you will provide for, Census is divine,” he said.
He urged stakeholders to endeavor to do the exercise as a civic and national assignment.