The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has enjoined the National Population Commission (NPC) to take note of the peculiar nature of the rural communities and ensure that necessary modalities are put in place to guarantee an objective and fair 2018 Census.
Ajimobi, who made this declaration during the flag-off of the 3rd phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) for the 2018 population and housing census at Igbeti Town Hall, Olorunsogo Local Government, pointed out that any error will undermine the integrity of the exercise
The Governor, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, emphasized that the issues of population and housing census are important tools in social and economic configuration, and that they are important indices on the development chart to reveals the potency for economic activities as well as to guide developmental initiatives.
The statement from the chief Executive also stated that the census figures that have been returned for Oyo State over the years, do not appear to give a fair reflection of the demography of the state and that Oyo State has a large expanse of land area with a considerable population. The statement also urged the NPC to guard against the error of omission or commission.
If a state is under-enumerated or the tools for demarcation processes are mismanaged to give wrongful indications, it would affect the integrity of the final census figures. It also has debilitating effects on the development planning and resources to be made available for the well-being and the development of the State.
The Governor appealed to the stakeholders and people of the State to cooperate with the enumerators by allowing them to move freely and to give them access to their buildings/housing units and also respond well to their inquiries during the demarcation in order to ensure a fruitful exercise.
In his own remarks at the occasion, the Chairman and Federal Commissioner for National Population Commission, Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji said that the Commission was ready to inform, enlighten, create awareness and sensitize various stakeholders and the general public in the State on the 3rd phase of the enumeration area demarcation of the 2018 population and housing census, which will commence from February 20 -March 12, 2017.
The EAD is the division of the country into small units that can be conveniently covered by a pair of enumerators during the census period.
It is not real population census but preparatory activities for the census exercise and vehicle that drives the entire census process in the pre-census, actual enumeration and post-census period.
The commission is deploying the use of Geographical Information System (GIS) compliance, high resolution satellite imagery and personal digital assistance (PDA) so that there won’t be room for un-demarcation and duplication.