As part of its responsibility of ensuring the division of Nigeria into small geographical areas to facilitate the future enumerations of census, the National Population Commission says it has so far demarcated five local government areas of Taraba state.
The state Federal Commissioner of the Commission, Sani Sule Sale disclosed this during the fag-off of a six-days refresher workshop on the continuation of enumeration area demarcation exercise taking place in Zing local government area of the state.
The workshop, which was organized by the National Population Commission, was aimed at to divide the entire landmass of all settlements, hamlets make-shift camp, villages and town within the local government area into a smaller units, so that it can easily be covered by a team of enumerators within a reasonable period during census.
It is also an improvement on similar quite different from the exercise that preceded past censuses, where then, the exercise were carried out manually but this time, it has locally been captured in satellite imagery with the minutest details showing houses, public spaces, (including schools, hospitals), roads, rivers and other landmarks.
Sani Sule Sale said, the exercise is very crucial activity that precedes the National census and, without which, there cannot be an accurate and reliable census, pointed out that it is the foundation on which the census itself is built.
He stated that, the exercise was not meant for head count and its outcome will not in anyway determine the population of any community, local government or state.
According to him, no place will be left undemarcated in the course of the exercise, and no structure or unit will be demarcated more than once.
The federal Commissioner also noted that, this level of accuracy is required because the data generated now will be used for all the future censuses.
He narrated local government areas that were demarcated to include Jalingo in 2017, Donga 2018, Ardo Kola in April/May 2019, Ibbi in July 2019 and Gassol in November/December 2019 and Zing is the sixth in the row.
Sale, however explained that the remaining ten local government areas would be covered in a subsequent programme, hopefully, all at once.
He also disclosed that, the commission has provided adequate logistics for the 85 participants made up of Demarcators, Supervisors, Quality assurance personnel, GIS, ICT and other officials for an effective exercise.
Earlier in an address of welcome, Taraba state Director, National Population Commission, Abijah Shirley Yurma, stressed the need for synergy between relevant stakeholders and the functionaries in order to achieve a quality exercise, which she said, cannot be compromised.
On his part, the Chairman of Zing local council, Andrews Zanya, pledged support of the local government for the exercise and commended the National Population Commission for choosing the local government for the exercise.
She assured the people of Zing, that the local government will not be shortchange in the exercise as the kind of technology deployed for the exercise is digital and would ensure that there would be no ” no man’s land” or duplication of any piece of land.