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The National Population Commission (NPC), has begun the second Pre-test exercise in 4 local government areas of Enugu State ahead of the 2022 National census.
The exercise which started with the training of supervisors and enumerators in Enugu on Friday is currently ongoing in 12 enumeration areas in Nsukka, Nkanu East, Igbo Etiti and Udi local government areas of the state.
NPC Federal Commissioner representing Enugu State, Ejike Ezeh, who made this known while speaking with journalists in Enugu said that the 2nd pre-test is going on simultaneously in 444 enumeration areas representing 12 enumeration areas, per state and Abuja.
He said that a total of 148 local government areas will be visited in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT, Abuja noting that the exercise will make it possible for census instruments to be tested for their sustainability and readiness for the actual census.
Eze who was represented by Enugu State Director of the commission, Ngozi Onyia, said that the exercise was necessary for the actualization of the nation’s quest for an accurate, reliable, acceptable, and verifiable census.
‘The commission is adopting a gradual but meticulous approach to ensure that methodology and strategies for the pre-test are well tested and the personnel for the exercise are adequately trained.’
‘At this juncture, I wish to appeal to state and local government, traditional institutions and communities to once more support the commission in carrying out the pre-test exercise by allowing unfettered access to facilities and places to be enumerated.
‘They should also sensitise the people on the essence of the pre-test exercise and solicit for their cooperation.’
The Eastern Updates reports that Africa’s populous country, Nigeria is billed to hold a population census in the first quarter of 2022.