Ahead of the proposed May 2022, the National Population Commission (NPC) has commenced the conduct of second census test-run in Bayelsa State.

This followed the training of field officers for the exercise in 12 designated Enumeration Areas in four local government areas of Bayelsa State, including: Yenagoa, Ekeremor, Sagbama and Southern Ijaw LGAs.

The field officers are the ones to administer questionnaires in the trial census in the Enumeration Areas from today, December 3 to December 10.

Federal Commissioner of NPC in Bayelsa State, GLORIA IZONFUO informed reporters on Friday in Yenagoa that the Commission had conducted the first pre-test earlier to test-run the census instruments.

GLORIA IZONFUO said the NPC decided to conduct a second test-run to improve on its preparedness for the actual census scheduled for May 2022.

According to her, the training is an integral part of the preparation for the fieldwork involved in the exercise.

The Commissioner noted that the second test-run was designed to train Comptrollers, Supervisors, Enumerators and other field officers in readiness for the 2nd census pre-test fieldwork.

IZONFUO disclosed that in the next few days, participants at the training would re-evaluate the skills and practical demonstrations of operations in the field.

The Federal Commissioner, GLORIA IZONFUO affirmed that the exercise would deliver a truly scientific pre-test that would prepare the ground for a credible and acceptable census.

The Federal Commissioner appealed to the state and local governments, traditional institutions and communities to support the Commission in executing the proramme by allowing unfettered access to facilities and places to be enumerated.

She urged all stakeholders in the local government areas where the test-run would hold to allow the field officers to carry out their duties professionally for successful outcomes.

Brave Views understands that the pre-test is usually conducted before the actual census and is aimed at testing the methodology, questionnaires, data collection methods and manual for fieldwork, among other strategies.

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