The Yobe State National Population Commission (NPC) has concluded the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in nine out of the 17 Local Government Areas of the State.
While touring around the state to supervise the exercise, the state’s NPC Commissioner, Alhaji Mai-Aliyu Mohammad, disclosed that his office has achieved a certain percentage of work to be done in the state.
He listed the Local Government areas so far covered to include Damaturu, Potiskum, Bade, Nguru, Machina, Yusufari, Karasuwa, Tarmuwa and Fune.
The Commissioner, however, said only three wards of the Tarmuwa local government area were not captured in the exercise, due to security challenges, explaining that the commission, in conjunction with the state government and security operatives, would soon conduct the exercise in the areas.
Mohammad said that the EAD was now holding in Bursari and Jakusko LGA up to 3 April to continue in Nengere and Fika local government councils thereafter.
He explained that the EAD involved the numbering of houses, making enquiries about households and mapping enumeration and registration areas, in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to him, the EAD was not a census, but an important preparatory activity to the headcount which would be conducted by the commission in due course.
He said the exercise would also assist in providing geo-referenced sample frames for surveys, electoral wards delineation, infrastructure development and other planning purposes.
At Jakusko, the Commissioner expressed satisfaction at the performance of his staff, who assured him that they would cover the entire local government area by the first week of April.
Muhammad commended the local government for the support and cooperation accorded his staff.
The Council’s Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Garba, assured the Commissioner of his continued support for the successful completion of the exercise.
Represented by Alhaji Suntalma Yusufari, Director Personnel in the council, Garba appealed to the NPC staff to ensure that they covered all buildings in the area and to draw the attention of the council anywhere they had any challenges.