By Praise Necherem
The National Population Commission (NPC) has called for maximum corporation from the host communities in Anambra state ahead of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) to ensure smooth and successful exercise. The Federal Commissioner representing the state in the commission, Chidi Ezeoke made the appeal while declaring open the training of 52 field officers of the Enumeration Area Demarcation Phase 9A in Idemili South Local Government Area. He urged the leadership of the seven communities where the exercise would take place to be careful in the selection of tour guides in view of their sensitive roles in the exercise.
He described the guides as critical elements whose assistances to the field officers were key to the success of the exercise. He said, “In some communities, the people they bring as tour guides are those that are not gainfully engaged and will do the work anyhow.Please we don’t want drunks and smokers. We insist on those who are ready to make commitment and sacrifices not those who have nothing doing.” According to Ezeoke, 200 local government areas would be successfully demarcated at the end of the exercise, while the remaining 574 would be covered in subsequent programmes.He cautioned the officers to give the exercise the seriousness it deserved, warning that anyone found wanting will be sanctioned.
The State Coordinator for the exercise, Murtala Aliyu stressed the technicality of the exercise, calling on the officers to ensure that standard was maintained. Earlier, State Director, Joachin Ulasi thanked the state government and other critical stakeholders for their continued support, calling for its sustainance.He assured that the commission had put in place adequate logistics arrangements for effective deployment of personnel and materials in the selected LGAs. “Allowing our demarcators unfettered access to facilities and places in the areas to be demarcated and sensitizing the people on the essence of the project will further assist in guaranteeing a successful exercise,” he said.