The National Population Commission (NPC), ahead of the Trial Census to be held in June 2022, commenced a Master Trainers workshop for Facilitators.

The Executive Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra, who declared the training open in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, stated that the Training of Trainers workshop was designed to train the facilitators, who will, in turn, carry out the zonal level pieces of training for the enumerators and other field functionaries in readiness for the Trial Census fieldwork.

Hon. Nasir Kwarra said that the Trial Census is a process in which all census operations are tested in a detailed and comprehensive manner.

He explained that the Trial Census, also known as “the census dress rehearsal”, is one of the pre-census activities.

The NPC boss noted that the process takes place ideally and as a matter of best practice, one year ahead of the actual census date.

According to him, the Trial Census tests all phases of the main census, from planning to the execution of the plans, logistics arrangement and management and questionnaire design.

“Others are the format, training procedures, fieldwork operations, publicity, payment system, data processing, data tabulations and analysis.”

He said that the objectives of the exercise are: to critically and comprehensively assess the quality and usefulness of the Enumeration Area (EA) maps that have been created.

“Secondly, to determine the possible demographic, as well as geographical changes that might have occurred in the EAs carved out between 2016-2018 and their implications for census taking.

“Thirdly, to determine the feasibility of uploading EA maps on the census application for house numbering and household listing, as well as population enumeration.

“Fourthly, to determine the correlation between EA estimated population and the pre-test enumerated population, among others”

Hon. Kwarra maintained that the quality of personnel for the Trial Census had a great impact on its outcomes.

He, therefore, emphasized the need to properly train the facilitators who would in turn train the supervisors and the enumerators at the zonal and state levels.

The NPC boss reiterated the Commission’s commitment to training and re-training members of staff with the belief that it would help to effectively deliver its mandate.

Earlier, Dr. Ipalibo MacDonald Harry, the Honourable Federal Commissioner, Rivers State and Chairman of the Census Committee, had affirmed the determination of the Commission to deliver a credible, reliable and acceptable census.

Harry expressed confidence in the capacity of the Commission’s personnel to conduct the first fully digital census in the country.

NPC Chairman, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra declaring the Master Trainers Workshop open