The National Population Commission on Wednesday kicked off the Enumeration Area Demarcation programme in Remo North and Ikenne Local Government Areas of Ogun state, ahead of the national population census in the country.
Federal Commissioner of NPC in Ogun state, Mrs Oluseyi Aderinokun in her address at the launch held in Iperu, explained that the process was to delineate the entire land area of the state into small geographical units.
Aderinokun stated that the units comprised specified number of persons and households which a team of enumerators could cover during a census.
She added that the success of a credible and accurate census depended on the quality and reliability of enumeration area demarcation.
The Federal commissioner stated that the EAD exercise was in no way the determinant of the population of any locality, local government or state.
She said, “This phase which is the 10th of the EAD will hold in 26 states and FCT with one local government in each of the 26 states of the country.
“Ikenne and Remo North local governments were selected for Ogun state. During the previous phases, Abeokuta- South, Ijebu-Ode, Yewa-South, Abeokuta-North and Sagamu local government areas had been demarcated.
“Beginning from this phase of the exercise, a new software is being introduced. This innovation, which was developed exclusively and internally by the NPC, has now made the entire EAD process completely paperless.”
Aderinokun explained that the purpose of the gathering was to intimate the state and local governments, traditional rulers, community leaders and the people to seek their support in view of the huge deployment of personnel and materials for the exercise.
She said, “Ogun has the largest number of industrial establishments in the country. The state has become migrants’ destination point. We, therefore, need to capture and document officially these population growths resulting from our unique position.”