The National Population Commission has commenced another Enumeration Area Demarcation Phase 9 at Afikpo North and South Local Government Areas of Ebonyi ahead of the next census exercise.
The Federal Commissioner of commission in charge of the state, Darlington Okereke, made the disclosure on Monday in Abakaliki while addressing journalists on commencement of the EAD Phase 9 in the state.
Okereke, represented by Edward Ogbu, the State Coordinator, said the ongoing exercise in the two local government areas was in addition to previous four local government areas of Ohaozara, Ikwo, Ivo and Ebonyi already concluded.
He described EAD as one of the preparatory activities for the next census.
According to him, the EAD is the foundation on which demographic data for planning and development process will be made.
The commissioner added that the training and field work was ongoing and would last till December 22, 2019 in the two local government areas.
He explained that the exercise involved the delineation of the country into small geographical units that would be easily covered by a pair of enumerators during the census period.
“In continuation of its preparatory activities for the next population and housing census, we have commenced the Phase 9 of EAD in Afikpo-North and South LGAs of Ebonyi.
“This exercise is pursuant to our constitutional mandate of providing demographic data for planning and development processes.
“The exercise has commenced since November 25 to end December 22,” Okereke said.
He, however, said the commission was soliciting for support from the state government, stakeholders and the media for successful turnout during the exercise.