The National Population Commission (NPC) in its efforts to ensure accuracy of results in the upcoming population and housing census is conducting a Post Enumeration Survey (PES) to ensure “zero tolerance for error.”
Executive Chairman of the Commission Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra represented by the Hon. Federal Commissioner, Edo state Dr. Tony Ayejina, while speaking Tuesday, at the official opening of the Trial PES Master Trainers Workshop said its conduct is an integral part of the census process, for which the commission places huge importance.
PES, is an exercise conducted after the census to engender Users’ confidence in adoption of the census results; a globally acceptable means of ascertaining the quality of census results.
Kwarra assured that the Commission was intensifying its preparation for a credible 2023 census, hence, places high premium on the PES.
“Towards this end, the Commission has constituted an independent Team saddled with responsibility to prepare and conduct 2023 PES which will take place shortly after successful conduct of the 2023 digital Population and Housing Census.
“As you know, a Population census is the official enumeration of all persons in a country at a specific time. This encompasses the collection, compilation, evaluation, analysis, publication and dissemination of demographic, social and economic statistics relating to the population.
“However, errors are inevitable in a large scale data collection exercise such as a Census. Errors can arise from many sources in the conduct of the census especially in field data collection and processing procedures.
“The PES has therefore be designed to redress these possible errors in the census process,” he assured.
In his opening remarks, the Hon. Fed. Commissioner Rivers State and Chairman, Census Committee Dr. Ipalibo Macdonald Harry, described the PES training as a “serious session” and a painstaking effort to gather the best results before presenting to the public, urging participants to make good use of learning and also pass knowledge down to others until it gets to the point where it’s applied in the field.
Also, while given an overview, the PES National Coordinator, Mr. Komolafe Moses Olawale, said the training was to know the importance of PES to the successful conduct of the upcoming census.