The Speaker of the House of Representatives, YAKUBU DOGARA, has called on the people clamouring for the conduct of population census in 2018 to exercise patience till after the 2019 elections when there will be no political pressure to manipulate its outcome.
This view was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, TURAKI HASSAN, in Abuja.
Mr DOGARA said conducting population census in an election year may generate unrealistic results, and therefore advised that the next administration should conduct the census at the beginning of its tenure when there isn’t so much at stake.
The Director General of the National Population Commission, Mr GHAJI BELLO, recently indicated his commission’s preparedness to conduct a census in 2018 if necessary logistics are provided.
It is said that the proposed 2018 census will cost an estimated 272 billion naira.