Speaker of House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara warns against conduct of 2018 census

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called on the people clamoring for the conduct of census in 2018 to exercise patience till after the 2019 elections when there will be no political pressure to manipulate its outcome.

He said conducting census in an election year might generate unrealistic results, and therefore advised that the next administration should conduct the census at the beginning of its tenure when there will not be so much at stake.

The speaker, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, said he would not propose that a national census be conducted next year.

Dogara stressed that the agencies should rather be empowered to keep building on the blocks that they will leverage on in the future in order to do the exercise.

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