Traditional rulers, counsellors facilitate EAD exercise in Enugu communities
Traditional rulers and counsellors’ intervention and advocacy in Aku, Enugu State ensured successful conduct of the National Population Commission (NPC) Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) exercise last weekend.
NPC Commissioner for Enugu State, Ejike Ezeh, told The Guardian that the involvement of traditional rulers and counsellors played pivotal role in accessing the communities to be demarcated in preparation for the next population census.
Ezeh said without their involvement, enumeration officers could have been able to access some communities for the EAD exercise.
He said some of the traditional rulers had to appoint presidents-general of various communities to ensure that their people cooperated with the NPC field officers for a smooth EAD and other census-related activities.
“Planning for census is anchored on the EAD as basis for estimating the human and material resources required for credible census. In essence, the success of a any census depends on the quality and reliability of the EAD.
“It is necessary to note that the EAD exercise is not the same as enumeration of the population of any locality, council or state. The EAD is simply a preparation activity before the actual census enumeration and it should not be equated with census.
“In addition to being the foundation for census, the national sample frame for the country is created from the EAD. The sample frame derived from the EAD is the one used by all data collecting organisations, including the millennium development agencies (MDAs) and research institutions,” he said.
Ezeh added that international agencies like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank use the frame to monitor the country’s economic and financial performance.
Continuing, he said: “In addition to being the source of the national sample frame, there are several other deliverables from the ongoing EAD.
“Some of them include current list of households, buildings, socio-economic infrastructure facilities and their geo-referenced distribution across localities, wards, council areas and states.
“Information from these outputs are useful for development planning and efficient distribution of infrastructure facilities and provision of socio-economic services,” he stated.
An NPC EAD field supervisor in Aku, Awu Elisha told The Guardian that high-resolution satellite imageries as the base map, global positioning system (GPS) for geo-referencing and geographical information system (GIS) for data management were deployed for the exercise.
“In addition to enhancing speed, accuracy and efficiency, a software named EAD PAD will virtually eliminate the use of paper in the process,” he said, adding that the new software facilitated the introduction of a portal that would serve as a dashboard to host and monitor the EAD process online nationwide.
He said the commission mobilised community leaders as interface assistants that have been facilitating activities of the field officers and ensuring cooperation between them and the communities.
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