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NPC canvasses security for population workers, materials in Anambra

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The National Population Commission (NPC) in Anambra State has appealed to communities to provide security for its personnel involved in the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) and materials.

The state’s representative in NPC, Chidi Ezeoke, made the appeal in Awka yesterday, while flagging off the Phase 2 of EAD consisting Orumba North, Orumba South and Awka North councils of the state.

Ezeoke warned the NPC officials to engage responsible local guides, who must be familiar with the terrain, for accurate data. He called on host communities to accommodate the officials and sensitise the people that “NPC personnel are not Boko Haram members.”

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The commissioner further disclosed that some freshly retired staff of the commission had been engaged as Community Interface Assistants (CIA), saying they would boost NPC’s mobilisation and enlightenment efforts to ensure that the community assumed full ownership of the all-important project.

According to him, the retirees, who are to interface with the commission, the communities and other stakeholders, will smoothen the activities of the field functionaries.

He said: “They will bring their experience to bear by ensuring cooperation between field officers and the respondents for a rancour-free EAD and other census-related activities.

“Necessary measures have also been put in place to ensure that field functionaries are properly kitted and trained to observe all COVID-19 protocols as prescribed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) throughout the exercise.”

Earlier in his speech, the State Director of NPC, Joachin Ulasi, had revealed that the exercise would run from December 19, 2020 to January 20, 2021, adding that seven councils had already been covered, remaining 14.

“After this phase, we’ll take a week break to continue another phase. Hopefully, in seven months, we’ll be done with the paperless demarcation,” he said.

Ulasi also disclosed that 18 teams of no fewer than 121 functionaries would be involved in the exercise, which he said was the last in the series of training for the demarcators and supervisors.

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