The National Polulation Commiission has selected 7,718 Enumeration Areas across the country for the conduct of the census trial.
The executive chairman of the commission Nasir is a Kwarra stated this while briefing journalist in kano.
He said the commission had gone far in the aspect of preparations for the successful conduct of the forth coming census.
The executive chairman represented by the federal commissioner of the commission in kano Dr Isma’ila Lawal Sulaiman said the selection of the coverage areas was scientifically carried out aimed at achieving the set objectives.
Nasir Kwarra maintained that the Trial census was not the actual enumeration of operand for the 2023 census , but will serve as a trail before the actualization of the real census.
He said the forthcoming census would be fully digital, which was the first time in the history of Nigeria a census would be conducted digitally, through the use of computerized tabs.
“The commission has intensified preparatory activities deploying technological innovations on a massive scale to conduct a truly scientific census that will not only be accurate and reliable but also transparent and acceptable to all nigerians.
“As you are aware, the commission has carried out the demarcation of the entire land mass of Nigeria into small Enumeration Areas that can be covered by a team of enumerators, and the first and second pretests to test the census instruments.
“The trial census, which is also known as the “Census dress rehearsal”, is another key preparatory activity for the census. It is a process in which all census operations are tested in a detailed and comprehensive manner. This takes place as a matter of best practice about a year before the actual census date to assess the scenarios that may be presented during the main census.
“In line with the approval of the Federal Government, the trial census will be conducted from 27th June to 30th July, 2022. The trial census will be conducted in one local government area in one state in each of the six geo-political zones and one supervisory area in 3 LGAs in each of the three senatorial districts in the remaining 30 states and the FCT.
“Also, the commission will use a total of 14,461 field functionaries which comprise of 13,461 enumerators, 1,000 facilitators for the trial census.
Abdullahi Jalaluddeen /Kano