Following the issuance of a Joint Resolution by the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate to extend the schedule for the holding of the population census from March 2018 to November 21, 2019, there has been desired urgency amongst representatives to avoid any glitch that would further impede the conduct of the census.
During the 48th day sitting on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, members of the House of Representatives unanimously voted to summon the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel D. Tweh and Director General Francis Wreh of the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-information Services (LISGIS) to appear in the House’s Chamber on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 10:00am.
The House’s Plenary made the decision because of a communication from the chairman on Governance & Government Reform, Nimba County District # 8 Representative, Larry P. Younquoi.
Representative Younquoi simply told his colleagues that the population census is a regular counting of the number of women, men, children, able and disabled people including other segments in the country by the government through LISGIS for the purpose of economic planning and development.
The Nimba County lawmaker said the population census will also allow the government to know the areas with large or small number of people, the amount of labor available at a particular time in an area or the number of persons employed, and the provision of an effective healthcare system.
The census, he added, will allow the government to know the latest population size including sex, age, geographical and occupational distribution of the population, the social amenities of the population, income distribution, taxable citizens, education, housing, and types of transportation facilities as well as to enable the Legislature set a new threshold for the 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections amongst others.
“Fellow compatriots, I need not further underscore the significance of census to the nation as much as the availability of reliable data for the planning, implementation and monitoring of development is concerned. It is additionally a major tool for international comparability: something that Liberia urgently needs in its post-war era. It is therefore my expectation that this call will be given the desired urgency in order to avoid any glitch that may impede the smooth running of this very important program,” the House’s Governance & Good Government chairman said.
It may be recalled in 2016, LISGIS announced that the country needed at least US$20 million to hold the 2018 population census, and that government will provide US$6 million while international partners are expected to provide US$14 million.
The government through LISGIS conducted the 2008 National Population and Housing Census and disclosed that the total population of Liberia stands at 3,476,608 as of the night of March 20/21, 2008.