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NPC seeks stakeholder support for census

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A federal commissioner of the National Population Commission, Ayodeji Ajayi, urged traditional institutions and community leaders to support the commission in carrying out the second census pre-test exercise by allowing unhindered access to facilities and places to count.

Ajayi, representing Ekiti State, called on stakeholders to refrain from any undue interference in the exercise.

He said, “We are also seeking the support and cooperation of traditional leaders to educate people on the essence of the pre-test exercise.

The AFN commissioner, who spoke to Ado-Ekiti on Friday at the opening of a training workshop for trainers, investigators, supervisors and controllers who would participate in the pre-test exercise billed this month – here, also instructed those in charge to be professional and ensure its success.

He said the commission had previously carried out the first pre-test to test the census instruments, adding that the NPC’s sustained efforts to improve its preparation for the 2022 census have propelled the second pre-test exercise as part of the preparation of the field exercise.

Ajayi said, “The need to properly train facilitators who, in turn, will train supervisors and investigators at the zone and state levels cannot be overstated.

“Passing the pretest is not only an option, but an absolute necessity in our quest to provide the nation with an accurate, reliable, acceptable and verifiable census.

“It is in this regard that the commission will spare no effort to ensure that the second pre-test for the next census is carried out meticulously, professionally and scientifically in order to lay the foundations for the smooth running of the next census.”

Ajayi added, “The pre-test is usually done before the actual census itself and is mainly aimed at testing the census methodology, questionnaires, data collection methods, fieldwork manual, among others.

He said about 444 enumeration areas per state and federal capital territory across all local government areas and states would be involved.

He assured that the commission would ensure appropriate training of supervisors and investigators for the exercise.

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