By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The National Populations Commission (NPC), said it will spend 399 million naira in the 4th phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD), which commenced yesterday.
The Chairman of the Commission, Eze Duruiheoma stated this yesterday during a press conference at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja.
Duruiheoma said that the last phase captured 37 local governments with 775 million naira.
He said that the EAD were done in phases owing to pausity of funds.
“At the end of the EAD phase 4, the commission would have successful demarcated 87 LGAs and the remaining 687 LGAs will be covered under the subsequent phases of the EAD.
“A 52 person demarcation team consisting of 40 demarcators, 10 supervisors and 2 quality control assistants have been recruited in the 12 states and the FCT and will be trained from 30th to 1st November and thereafter work starts immediately till 19th November 2017.
“This team will immediately be deployed to 13 LGAs, 2 LGAs in each goe -political zone.”
While emphasizing the importance of the EAD, the NPC boss said “to us at the commission, the significance of the EAD exercise goes beyond the conduct of census. We plan to establish and sustain a national framework including locality lists and house numbering for future censuses and surveys in line with the mandate of the commission.”
He added that the commission continue to deploy sophisticated technology in carrying out the EAD.
The NPC boss further called on traditional rulers and states government to assist the field officers, warning that such help should not be used to compromise officers, “as officers will not count imaginary houses but only what they saw on ground at the time of the exercise”.