Liberia’s Population and Housing Census Kicks off

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On Thursday, October 4, 2019, the Finance Minister Samuel  Tweah, Jr;  Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information System (LISGIS) Boss, Prof.  Francis F.  Wreh ; UNFPA  Residence Representative, Dr.  Bennet and Myself found a part of a one-day  Census Commission meeting  at LISGIS headquarters on the Executive Mansion Grounds in Monrovia. Census Commission is a body, comprising key national stakeholders to provide supervisory role over the technicians in the conduct of a census. The Finance Minister is the Chairman by virtue of him being the Chair Board of Director of LISGIS, while I was invited as  the Chairman on the Liberian Parliamentary Council on Population and Development. The UNFPA is the Chief partner as far as providing need technical support and resource mobilization is concerned. The Ministers of Internal Affairs and Poster Affairs, as major players were present, while other institutions, like the Ministries of Mines and Energy; Health;  University of Liberia, and so forth, were represented by proxies.

 At that meeting , the Census Secretariat, in collaboration with Liberia’s development partners, presented updated of the census process. At the end of the deliberation, which took took into consideration resource and technical availability, the new census date was set at March 21, 2021.

In addition to pledging my support to the process, which is being manifest through advocating for increased budgetary allocation for it, I extended many thanks to our development partners for their massive contribution to the process, which is estimated at 2/3 of the overall cost of over $18,000,000.00( Eighteen Million) U.S Dollars. I further pledged to sensitize my colleagues to intensify oversight during the census process to ensure everyone is counted.