Coordinator of Enumeration Area Demarcation
, EAD, for building numbering and household information has said Local Government Areas have so far been captured accordingly during this phase of the exercise.
Speaking to Nigerian Pilot in an exclusive report at the palace of the traditional ruler elect of Uzuakoli in Bende LGA,
Mr Saidu said the exercise which is in its 13th phase, has been successful in Abia State, with 15 out of the 17 Local Government Areas delineated in the process.
With a major focus on Bende and Umunneochi LGAs which have 13 and 12 wards respectively, the state Coordinator said buildings and households have been so far captured effectively during this period.
Mr Saidu also broached some challenges faced in the process such as; the accessibility of some terrains within the state, as well as the cultural attitude of some of the indigenes towards response to the EAD exercise.
He, however, appreciated the massive support of both the Eze elect of Uzuakoli and other traditional rulers and the people of the state for their cooperation towards responding to Demarcators.
Also, the State Director of the commission, Mrs Ada, noted that the exercise is in preparation for the forthcoming population census.
According to her, “the commission adopted modern technology to digitise all the delineated areas to form a good frame for the forthcoming population and housing census.
She lauded the Eze of Uzuakoli for his immense support throughout the exercise, which she said will serve as a vital tool to reach out to the entire state to enlighten the populace on the EAD exercise.
In her vote of thanks, Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Chief (Mrs) Josephine Ucheji said the NPC has assiduously worked with the press, as a vital tool and chiefs in the state to enlighten the public over the EAD, as she noted that the exercise is left with Umuahia North and South Local Government Areas to round off.
She also solicited further collaboration between the commission and the people of both Bende and Umunneochi LGAs to achieve a perfect census assessment in the near future.
Earlier, the Eze elect of Eluoma, Uzuakoli, Bende LGA, HRH, Chijioke Okezie, Oma II welcomed the delegates from the NPC and Nigerian Pilot.
The former Head, Administration, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, the state’s capital, noted that issues pertaining to population census are of necessity to every society.
Stating his intention to complete a book on the subject through Mathusian theory on population, he informed that Bende LGA remains one of the oldest grassroots government establishments in the country.
While commending the federal government for considering his chiefdom with a swift move of the EAD, the Eze described the area as a versatile community that has 13 wards spread across the LGA.
He called for more Federal presence in Bende, as well as Umu Nneochi communities.
On her part, EAD Comptroller in Umunneochi LGA, Mrs Nwachi Josephine Ngozi, said the exercise was a success in the area.
“I am happy with the cooperation of every staff because without cooperation the exercise won’t be a success, and I’m also happy with how the communities cooperated with us even though we had few challenges on the way, but then it was a success,” she said.
She addressed that the EAD exercise is of great importance to an area because it estimates the population and would make Census easier, as there would not be overlapping and the enumerators would be sure of their boundaries.
The director, however, informed that there were not many challenges, except for accommodation and provisions of guards to take the demarcations around.
Other speakers were Chief Liaison Officer in Bende Local Government, Peter Chijioke Azubuike, who applauded the merit of the exercise, stating that it will show more transparency ahead of the forthcoming population census than that of 2006, which he said was not a full capture of the population in the area and Comptroller of EAD in Bende LGA, Mr Chukwu Emeka-kalu, that described the exercise as tasking, with about 250 communities and rulers, but added that it was successful in the areas.