The National Population Commission (NPC) in Bayelsa has pledged a successful conduct of the ongoing Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD).
The Commissioner representing Bayelsa in NPC, Mr Austen Pabor, made the pledge in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa on Sunday.
Pabor said that his optimism was premised on the preparations made by the commission and support of Ogbia people where the commencement of the EAD in the state took place on Thursday.
According to him, EAD involves the division of the entire country into smaller units to enable a pair of enumerators to carry out the counting of people and houses during the census scheduled to take place in 2017.
“The EAD constitutes the foundation on which the entire census architecture stands, it forms the basis for the planning and execution of the census project.
“In the pre-census period, the total number of EAD and its distribution is required for census planning, particularly the deployment of personnel, logistics and materials.
“EAD is also required for the pre-test, trial census, the main census and the post-enumeration survey,” Pabo said.
He said that NPC adopted a robust EAD methodology driven by satellite technology and imagery to deliver accurate, reliable and verifiable evidence-based census to be conducted with biometrics data capture.
Pabo said that the EAD period which commenced on Feb. 22 and ended on March 13 would also be used for registration of births of children under the age of five whose births were yet to be registered.
The commissioner noted that the NPC requires the support of all tiers of government to deliver accurate and reliable census in 2017.
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