By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA — As part of preparations towards conducting an accurate and reliable population census early next year, the Federal Government, yesterday, deployed 1,214 persons to conduct the Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD, across 29 states of the federation.
The government, however, issued a stern warning to stakeholders to refrain from any form of undue intervention during the conduct of the second phase of the EAD which is beginning Monday, February 22 to March 14, 2016.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Chairman of National Population Commission, NPC, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, said the 1,214 personnel of the agency should be allowed to carry out their duties professionally and give to the nation an EAD frame that will form the basis for a successful census.
Duruiheoma described EAD as constituting the foundation on which the entire census architecture stood.
The EAD is expected to take place in one local government council in each of the 29 states of Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina.
Others are Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara.