The House of Representatives during it’s plenary on Wednesday called for the postponement of the 2021 population and housing census being planned by the National Population Commission (NPC).
The Motion for stopping the planned census was subjected to a voice vote and the vast majority gave it endorsement.
The House came about the resolution following a Motion by a member representing Bosso/Paikoro Federal Constituency of Niger State, Shehu Beji.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, gave a summary of the resolution, saying the exercise should be suspended until the country became safe.
The House, in a statement issued on its social media platform, partly read: “Leading the debate on the motion, the lawmaker told the House that several factors would work against the accuracy of the figures that would be obtained and the overall success of the exercise due largely to insecurity.
“For instance, 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 key prayer of his motion urged the House to ‘call on the @NigeriaGov to suspend the exercise until the security of the country stabilises.’ The prayer was endorsed by the House in a majority voice vote.
“The House also invited the Chairman of the NPC, Nasir Isa Kwarra, to explain the feasibility of conducting a population and housing census in the country amid the current security challenges.”
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