The Federal Commissioner representing Anambra State in National Population Commission, Mr. Chidi Ezeoke has flagged off training of field functionaries for the next population and housing census.
The programme is being carried out simultaneously in the thirty-six states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
Correspondent Njideka Okoye covered the event and reports that Mr Ezeoke said that pre- tests are usually conducted before the actual census to test the census methodology, questionnaire, data collection method, manual for fieldwork among other things, noting that the objectives of the second pre-test will be to critically and comprehensively assess the suitability of questionnaire, clarity of concepts, instructions and contents of census instruments.
Mr. Ezeoke who commended Governor Willie Obiano for his assistance called on Local Government, traditional rulers, and communities to support the Commission by allowing access to facilities and places to be enumerated and as well sensitize the people on the essence of the pre- test exercise.
The Anambra State Director National Population Commission, Dr. Joachim Ulasi stated that four local governments were selected for the exercise in Anambra which included Njikoka, Anambra West, Nnewi South and Ogbaru, noting that they are training field Coordinators, Supervisors and Enumerators for the second pre-test which will be followed by trial section.
The Anambra State Coordinator for second pre-test, Comrade Harrison Ezekwe said that the essence of the second pre-test was to get it right and build on what was discovered during the first pre-test, assuring that they have capable hands for the exercise.
The programme featured questions and answers.