The Federal Government on Thursday released over N775 million for the conduct of Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) exercise, ahead of next year’s National Population Commission (NPC) census.
EAD is said to be a process of deploying high calibre technology to divide the land mass of a country into small units that can be easily covered by a team of enumerators during census enumeration.
The exercise, which is expected to kick off on February 20 and end on March 10, includes the foundation on which the census architecture stands.
Addressing reporters in Abuja, the NPC Chairman, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, said the commission would deploy sophisticated technology to carry out the exercise. He added that the commission had previously demarcated the 37 LGAS in the 36 states and the FCT under the previous EAD.
He explained that at the end of the EAD Phase 3, the commission would have successfully demarcated 74 LGAs and remaining 700 LGAs will be covered under the subsequent phases of EAD.
On the inclusion of religion and ethnicity in the 2018 census data, he said: “We want to make sure that whatever product we produce after this census, we contemplate it would be accepted by the majority of Nigerians and that should be the test”.