15 December 2020 By Olusegun Oyenibi
Communities in Kogi State have been urged to cooperate with the National Population Commission, NPC, in its bid to complete the ongoing Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD.
Chairman, National Population Commission, Alhaji Nasir Kwara made the appeal in a message to a stakeholders meeting and comencement of training for Enumeration Area Demarcation officers, phase eleven in Lokoja.
Represented by the Federal Commissioner in charge of Kogi State, Professor Jimoh Isa, Alhaji Nasir said two hundred Local Government Areas had been demarcated across the Federation in the previous ten phases while phase eleven would also cover some Local Governments as the excercise progresses.
According to the Chairman, the Commission is also in synergy with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to create digitized maps of registration areas towards a successful excercise.
He assured of the accuracy of the EAD with the use of Global Positioning System, GPS, for geo-referencing and Geographic Information System, GIS, for data management.
Flagging off the exercise, the Chairman of the occasion, Mr Emmanuel Ajibero commended the efforts of the Commission for digitizing its operations but called on NPC to involve tour guides in the excercise especially in the rural areas.
In a remark, the Zonal Coordinator, North Central Zone of the Commission, Mrs Arukwe Ngozi said Five hundred and Fourteen Local Government Areas are to be captured under phase eleven to fifteen and appealed to stakeholders to support the exercise to achieve the desired results.
Speaking, the Kogi State Director of the NPC, Mr. Aboidun Ojo said Community Interface Assistant, CIA, have been appointed to bridge the gap between host communities and those involved in the EAD.
Mr. Ojo appealed to Royal Fathers in the State to avoid issues that could result into boundary crises for a hitch free exercise.
Goodwill messages were received from representatives of Ohinoyi of Ebira, Attah of Igala and Obaro of Kabba as well as Non Governmental Organizations.
The Enumeration Area Demarcation which has commenced nationwide is expected to end on the twentieth of January next year.