Proposed 2018 Census Will Cause Crisis – Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara in a statement released Monday said the proposed 2018 population census would result to chaos if conducted before 2019 elections. 

In the statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan in Abuja said the census “should be done when there is not so much at stake.

“If we are not going to achieve it in 2017, then we should just forget it until after 2019.

“If you conduct census at the niche of elections, there will be so much pressure, crisis and the lure for people to manipulate the figures for political reasons, such that the agency cannot even cope with.

“We may have something that resembles reality, but I can bet it, if the census is conducted in 2018, the outcome will be doubtable.

“I know who we are and I know the kind of litigations, backlashes and the pressure, but we don’t need all that now.

“We have so many challenges; let us empower the agencies to keep building on the blocks that they will leverage on in the future in order to do the exercise.’’

Recall that Directer General of the National Population Commission, Ghaji Bello recently said if logistics are provided the census would be conducted in 2018 with estimated cost of N272 billion naira.

The population of people in Nigeria is over 180 million.

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