The National Population Commission (NPC) has flagged off the commencement of the Post Enumeration Survey in the Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The NPC Federal Commissioner in charge of Katsina, Bala Almu Banye, who flagged off the exercise said the survey will be conducted across 127 Enumeration Areas in the six geopolitical zones out of which 15 Enumeration Areas will be covered during the survey in Daura.
Banye, while speaking in a Press Conference on Thursday in Daura announced that the exercise with the theme: “Zero Tolerance For Error” is scheduled to hold on Saturday, 22nd November 2022 and will be completed on November, 2nd 2022.
He further described the conduct of the Trial PES as an integral part of the preparatory activities for the conduct of a successful and fully digital census scheduled to hold in April 2023.
The Post Enumeration Survey (PES), he said, is a statistically representative survey that the NPC will use to check the accuracy of the Trial Census conducted in July 2022.
“The PES will allow the Commission to determine how many people were missed, counted twice, included by mistake, or counted in the wrong place.
“The Commission is placing premium importance on this exercise.
“Errors can arise from many sources in the conduct of the Census, especially in field data collection and processing procedures. Census designs can also be a source of error by introducing measurement errors through wrong questionnaires, instructions, training materials, and procedures for data
“The PES, therefore, has been designed to redress these possible errors in the Census process. The results of the comparison are mainly used to measure coverage and content error in the context of the Census.
“This Trial PES exercise is in line with the United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses.
“It gives credibility to the census results and engenders confidence and acceptability of the census by data users,” he added.
Banye also reiterated the commitment of the NPC to conduct a credible and reliable Census whose result will be a planning tool for national development through rigorous planning and the use of international best practices at every stage of the process.
He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to join the Commission to bequeath to Nigeria a demographic data that will be used to navigate through the myriad of challenges confronting the nation today.
The Emir of Daura, HRH Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar, restated his commitment to giving the NPC maximum support and cooperation before, during, and after the whole exercise to attain success.
The Emir was speaking when he received the NPC Federal Commissioner in charge of Katsina State, Bala Almu Banye, on a courtesy visit to the emir’s palace in Daura.
“I am assuring you that the NPC will not face any challenges during the exercise. I thank the commission and its officials for a job well done during the trial Census”, HRH Umar noted.
On Thursday last week, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State decried the wide politicisation of population and housing Census across the country.
His concern was coming as the National Population Commission, NPC said it was committed to delivering a fully digital, credible, and reliable Census.
Masari stated this at the Katsina Local Government Service Commission when he declared open the NPC State Stakeholders Summit on the forthcoming 2023 census scheduled to hold in April.
Governor Masari, while calling on traditional and community leaders not to distort, temper, or exaggerate the actual figure of their villages, communities, wards, or persons during the exercise to attract more resource allocations, hoped that NPC will achieve perfect census amidst the deployment of adequate technology for exercise.
He further urged the commission to cross-check the quality of all data to be supplied by the respondents in the course of the exercise.
The theme for this summit convened by the Katsina State office of the National Population Commission was “2023 Census- Getting People Involved”.
Channels Television recalls that the NPC commenced house listing and house numbering for the proposed trial census across the country on July, 14th 2022.