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Liberia’s Institute for Statistics and Geo- Information Services (LISGIS), Deputy Director General Alex Williams says government has secured an allotment of US$3 million in the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 for the conduct of census this year. The amount he said, is USD16.377 million shy of the requested commitment of US$19,377,838.31 to jumpstart the census activities.

Despite the huge gap in the allotment, Mr. Williams told a press conference Thursday, 7 March at the Ministry of Information, plans for the conduct of the 2019 National census is well on course.

The LISGIS Deputy Director General for Statics and Data Processing says his outfit anticipates the realization of government and its partners’ commitment timely, revealing that the timeline for the actual date of enumeration is scheduled for 8-14 December 2019, while census night is planned for December 8, 2019.

According to Mr. Williams, the planned census should have been undertaken last year as require by the constitution.

He says Chapter 5, Article 39 of the Liberian Constitution requires the Legislature to cause a census of the country to be undertaken every ten years.

He recalls that Liberia conducted its last census in 2008, which depicts that the next census was due in 2018.

Mr. Williams stresses that the conduct of the census this year is cardinal to the growth and development of Liberia.

He concludes that the importance of the 2019 national census here cannot be overemphasized.–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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