Liberia’s 2021 Population and Housing Census on Course

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The holding of the long awaited Population and Housing Census of Liberia has now become a certainty. The guarantee was given by the government and its partners, led by UNFPA, on October 8, 2019, signed the Census Project Document at the headquarters of the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) on the Capitol Hill in Monrovia. Signing for the Liberian Government was Mr. Samuel Tweah in his capacity as the Chairman of the Board of LISGIS and the Census Commission. The Resident Representative of UNFPA Liberia, Dr. Bennet Ndyanabangi, signed on behalf of the international partners, most of whom were available at the program. Presenting a synopsis of the project document to the gathering, LISGIS Director General, Prof. Francis F. Wreh, stated that the project would cost the minimum of US $19 Million dollars out of which the Government has already provided $1 Million out of the $3 Millions it has decided to provide as her share of the counterpart funding. He paid special tribute to the Swedish Embassy which has contributed €7 Million Euros to the project, while recognizing the tremendous contributions of others partners like the WHO, Irish Aid, World Bank, the larger UN Community in Liberia. In a brief statement as Chairman of the House’s Committee on Governance and Government Reform, I urged the Liberian managers of the census to learn from previous experiences in the area to produce a much reliable stock of data to inform the Planning and implementation of our development initiatives. Also speaking as an Executive Committee Member of Africa Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development, I reminded them to take cognizance of the indispensability of quality data to international comparability. I concluded by thanking our partners for their decision to provide over 2/3 of the cost of the census.