The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to postpone the planned 2021 national census due to the rising spate of insecurity across the country.
The House made the resolution at plenary on Wednesday following following a motion by a member representing Bosso/Paikoro Federal Constituency of Niger State, Shehu Beji.
According to a statement posted on the Twitter handle of the House on Wednesday, Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House, said members of the lower chamber agreed that the exercise should be suspended until the country is safe enough.
The statement 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.”