Nigerian lawmakers call for national census by 2020

The House of Representatives on Wednesday tasked the federal government to conduct a national census before the end of 2020.

It said the result from the last one conducted in 2006 is no longer effective for policymaking.

Ademorin Kuye (APC, Lagos), whose motion led to this resolution, called this unfortunate, adding that until census is made a mandatory national ritual, held at intervals like elections, “Nigeria will continue to have delays in organising national census.”

The need for a census, he argued, is borne out of the fact that its figures are critical for national planning as without a census the government cannot provide adequately for its citizens.

“Government requires data to know the number of children being born, the number of schools and hospitals that will be…

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