Why 2021 census must be postponed – Reps

Why 2021 census must be postponed - Reps

The House of Representatives has called for the postponement of the 2021 population and housing census being deliberate by the National Population Fee.

Matters Arising gathered as stated at its plenary on Wednesday that the nation was unsafe for the exercise in view of the rising insecurity in Nigeria.

The House, presided over by the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, suggested the Federal Authorities to droop the exercise until such a time the nation was secure enough for it.

The decision of the House was handed following a motion moved by a member representing Bosso/Paikoro Federal Constituency of Niger State, Rep. Shehu Beji.

Main the controversy on the motion, the lawmaker informed the House that several factors would work in opposition to the accuracy of the figures that might be obtained and the general success of the exercise due largely to insecurity.

As an example, Beji stated, the security of enumerators wouldn’t be assured in lots of parts of the nation.

He additionally said that many households can be unwilling to make members of the family obtainable for enumeration due to the worry of the unknown.

He added that it might be unwise within the prevailing circumstances to put up enumerators to some parts of the nation at present thought-about to be risky.

Beji argued that the truth that many areas wouldn’t be reached by enumerators was sufficient a purpose to droop the deliberate exercise.

The important thing prayer of his motion urged the house to “call on the Federal Government to droop the exercise till the safety of the nation stabilises.”

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

The House additionally invited the Chairman of the NPC, Nasir Isa Kwarra, to clarify the feasibility of conducting a population and housing census within the nation amid the present security challenges.


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