Insecurity: Legislators urge Nigerian Government to shelve 2021 Census

*The Nigerian House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to postpone the planned 2021 national census over the personal safety of enumerators in several parts of the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Considering the feasibility of conducting a population and housing census in the country amid the current security challenges, the House of Representatives in the National Assembly (NASS) has called on the Federal Government to postpone the planned 2021 census until the insecurity situation in the country is addressed.

Presided over by Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the House of Representatives Tuesday, May 4, 2021, urged the government to suspend the census exercise till such a time the country is safe enough for it.

The House, which stated thus development in a series of tweets via its verified Twitter official account, noted the lawmakers’ resolution reached passed following a motion Hon. Shehu Beji, a member representing Bosso/Paikoro Federal Constituency of Niger State, moved to that effect.

The Federal lawmaker, while leading the debate on the motion informed the Green Chamber of the NASS, that several factors would work against the accuracy of the census figures that would be obtained and the overall success of the exercise due largely to current spate of insecurity in the country.

The House said: “Beji said, the safety of enumerators would not be guaranteed in many parts of the country.

“He also stated that many households would be unwilling to make family members available for enumeration because of the fear of the unknown.

“He added that it would be unwise in the prevailing circumstances to post enumerators to some parts of the country currently considered to be volatile.

“Beji argued that the fact that many locations would not be reached by enumerators was enough a reason to suspend the planned exercise,” the tweets read in part.

The key prayer of the lawmaker’s motion, therefore, urged the House to “call on the Federal Government to suspend the exercise until the security of the country stabilises.”

It was learnt the prayer was endorsed by the House in a majority voice vote.

In the meantime, the House of Representatives also invited Nasir Isa Kwarra, Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), to explain the feasibility of conducting a population and housing census in the country amid the current security challenges.

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