Shola Aliu, Ilorin
The National Population Commission, NPC, Kwara state office has cautioned stakeholders to refrain from undue interference in the second pre-test census exercise in the state for accurate data bank for the national populations
The second pre-test census exercise is part of the preparations for the main census exercise billed to take place in 2022.
This was made known by the Commission’s Federal Commissioner in the state Alhaji Rasaq Gidado at the opening ceremony of a training programme for supervisors and enumerators last weekend in Ilorin charged stakeholders to allow field functionaries to carry out their duties professionally for a good outcome.
The Federal Commissioner, appealed to state and local governments concerned, traditional institutions and communities to support the commission in carrying out the second pre-test census exercise by allowing unfettered access to facilities and places to be enumerated.
” They should also sensitize the people on the essence of the exercise and solicit their cooperation.
He said the pre-test exercise will be carried out in four local government areas of the state, namely, Kaiama, Ilorin South, Offa and Oke-Ero.
The Federal Commissioner explained that pre-test census exercise is usually conducted before the actual census and primarily aimed at testing the census methodology, questionnaires, data collection methods, and manual for fieldwork among others.
He assured Nigerians that all necessary steps have been taken to ensure that the commission’s field functionaries are properly kitted and trained to observe all Covid-19 protocols throughout the period of the exercise as prescribed by the Presidential Steering Committee, PSC, on Covid-19.