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NPC promises credible, reliable census

By Victor Adeoti

The National Population Commission (NPC) says the first ongoing pre-test data collection aims to create a good basis for conducting a credible and reliable census in the country.

AFN Chairman Nasir Kwarra made the remarks at a press conference Thursday in Osogbo.

Kwarra said the pre-test exercise aimed to test the census methodology, questionnaires and data collection methods, among other things in preparation for the census itself.

He was represented at the event by Senator Mudasiru Hussein, AFN Federal Commissioner, representing Osun.

Kwarra explained that the pre-test was not the census itself, but a mirror through which to examine the commission’s readiness for the next census.

“The pre-test is part of the commission’s preparation to create a good foundation for the next population and housing census,” he said.

Kwarra assured Nigerians that the census, once launched, would be credible, reliable and acceptable to the country and other stakeholders.

“The exercise is also an essential part of the census planning process, which provides the opportunity to test all aspects of the program and instruments in advance for smooth operation and a successful census.

“The sampling method was designed to test the execution and confirm the viability and efficiency of the enumeration areas already demarcated,” he added.

Kwarra said the pre-test exercise is currently underway in 222 enumeration areas in 112 local government areas in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He noted that the areas were those delimited during the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) exercise 2016-2018.

The AFN boss said the pre-test exercise that began on June 3 would end on June 13.

Kwarra also said the EAD in local government areas of the country is still ongoing and will be completed within the next three months.

The commission intends to complete the demarcation of all 774 local government areas across the country within the next three months.

“The pre-test exercise is usually done before the end of the EAD exercise,” he said. (NAA)

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