From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
As part of its effort to use modern technology on demarcation of electoral wards in 774 LGAs in Nigeria, the National Population Commission (NPC) trained 62 people to demarcate and enumerate all the electoral wards in Gwiwa and ‘Yankwashi LGas in Jigawa state.
This was announced by the Federal Commissioner in charged of Kano/Jigawa, Dr Ismaila Lawan Suleiman during the closing ceremony of the training held in Gwiwa local government area of the state.
He explained that, NPC has mapped out new strategies using its latest technology such as satellite images, hand held devices and smartphone call Tablet to demarcate and enumerate all the electoral wards in Nigeria.
He said, the aim of the area demarcation and enumeration is for national development as well as to provides the number of schools, hospitals, public and private buildings and can always indicate level of development or under development in a given location.
“The exercise always help the policy makers to plan, it help to determine how many federal lawmakers can be elected from each electoral area as well as which development is needed in a particular area or a successful sensus”, he explained.
Dr Suleiman said the NPC was in Gwiwa, Jigawa state in its series of “Training for Demarcation and Enumeration Phase 10” that has to be carried out in all the 774 LGAs in Nigeria.
He stressed that “The area demarcation and enumeration show areas that are developed and areas that need to be developed. It shows the setting of the communities, such as palaces, hospitals, clinics, prisons, social amenities or areas worth hit by flooding among others”.
“The objectives of this exercise is that, now that we had completed our training, we are going into the field using our latest technology stilite images and hand held devices call Tablet.
“It is just like the smartphone, the demarcation itself will be on the smartphone, a straight forward exercise. It is critical, its success to the large extend determine the success of any head count in the country”.
He said the 62 demarcators and enumerators had completed their five day training in Gwiwa. Saying the exercise will be completed in three weeks time in Gwiwa and Yangwashi LGAs.
While making his remarks at the occasion, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar who was represented by his Special Assistant on Population Matters Alhaji Sirajo Musa Gwiwa, assured of the state government’s support and cooperation for the successful conduct of the exercise.
Also speaking, the District Head of Gwiwa Alhaji Muhammad Bello Adamu, urged the demarcators to always exercise patience and shun rumours as their work would bring them into direct contact with the rural populace.