The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to defer the 2021 population and housing census being scheduled by the National Population Commission.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, presented the recommendation, stating that the census exercise should be postponed until the nation is secure.
The House made the decision subsequent to a motion by a member representing Bosso/Paikoro Federal Constituency of Niger State, Shehu Beji.
This was announced in a statement released on the social media platform of the House. The statement read in part, “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.