…urges them to take the assignment seriously to ensure credible, reliable and verifiable census
The National Population Commission (NPC) in Anambra State on Friday said it has so far screened a total of 1,175 facilitators and special workforce ahead of the April Population and Housing Census.
The Federal Commissioner in the state, Mr. Chidi Ezeoke disclosed this on Friday during the closing ceremony of 10-day state level training of Data Quality Managers (DQMs) in the state.
He said the Commission had insisted on thorough and transperant screening process of ad-hoc staff to ensure applications with certain errors, including impersonations were dictated and dropped.
“The screening process has been thorough and transperant. We’ve so far screened 728 facilitators and 431 special work in the state.
“These officers are going to train enumerators, supervisors, data quality assistants and others in the various local government areas of the state,” he added.
Describing the Data Quality Managers (DQMs) as the most important Information and Communication Technology personnel in the digital exercise, Ezeoke urged them to take the assignment seriously to ensure credible, reliable and verifiable census.
“The success of census largely depends on the quality of training, workflow, efficient field operations and commitment of staff as well as mechanisms for effective on-field Data Quality Management and editing.
“You can’t talk of a digital census without the backing of DQMs. Your job is so critical to the success of the exercise because the data management and its processing are key to the reliability, credibility and verifiability of the census.
“You’re assigned with the task of ensuring that the census data collection process is smooth and the data Census is correct, complete and consistent with the principles of the census.
“You’re going to profile or board all the field enumerators and supervisors in the tablets. You’re also going to geofence all the EAs to ensure the officers don’t trespass to other EAs with their tablets to enumerate.
“Each of you are going to man each local government to be assisted by Data Quality Assistants (DQAs) who are to be shared among five supervisors to assist in any technicalities.”
The State Director, Dr. Joachim Ulasi said a total of 26 participants underwent the training to ensure the 21 local government areas of the state were adequately and effectively covered.
He expressed satisfaction over the various ongoing training processes, saying the few challenges encoutered were being surmounted.