The National Population Commission (NPC) is to commence its first pre-test exercise from June 6 to June 13, in 112 local government areas across the federation.
The Chairman of the Commission, Alhaji Isa Kwarra, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja.
The Chairman explained that the pre-test exercise is a critical part of the census planning process which provides the opportunity to test all aspects of the census programme and instruments in advance of the main census activities, thus ensuring smooth operation and success of the census.
Alhaji Kwarra emphasize that the conduct of the pre-test exercise was aimed at testing the census methodology, the questionnaires and data collection methods.
The chairman reiterated that the exercise was aimed at assessing the quality and usefulness of the Enumeration Area (EA) maps already created.
The Chairman, who solicited for collective efforts of Nigerians in making the exercise a success, noted that it was designed to test run the viability of already Demarcated Enumeration Areas (EADs) in readiness for the smooth census.
He said that the pre-test was in line with the mandate of the commission in creating a good foundation for the next credible and reliable population and housing census