National Population Commission (NPC) in Anambra state has cautioned officers involved in the ongoing Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) against actions capable of trauncating the outcome of the forthcoming national population and housing census in the state.
The Federal Commissioner representing the state in the Commission, Chidi Ezeoke gave the warning on Monday while declaring open a 5-day training of 52 functionaries and fieldwork officers for Phase 10 Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in Abagana, Njikoka Local Government Area of the state.
He assured the officers of maximum security and safety throughout their assignments.
Describing the exercise as the foundation of a building, Ezeoke said its success was dependent on the seriousness the demarcators attached to it.
He further called on the officers to treat both the local guides and the people of the area with every sense of civility and respect to ensure maximum cooperation, while warning against all forms of financial inducement.
He said, “This is the age of technology. You’re not going to the field to do your Watsap or to answer phone calls. You’re going for serious work.
“Don’t think it’s already a fate accomplished. Your presence is dependent on how well you perform. If
you fail the test after the training, we’ll replace you with people who know what to do. There’s absolutely no room for second chance.
“We didn’t give your hosts money to feed you, but if you do well, you’ll be appreciated. They are not obliged to feed you. The cooperation of everyone is required.
According to Ezeoke, the Commission has successfully demarcated 228 Local Government Areas, assuring that the remaining 546 would be covered in subsequent programmes.
He called for support from the people of the state, including unfettered access to facilities and places in the areas to be demarcated as well as sensitizing the people on the importance of the exercise.
“The staff should be allowed to carry out their duty professionally in order to give to the nation a fool proof EAD frame that will form the basis for a successful census outcome,” he added.
The traditional ruler of Abagana, Chief Patrick Mbamalu Okeke assured the commission of maximum cooperation and security of the officers to ensure hitch-free and successful exercise.