New Census date set for November
The government of Liberia and partners led by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) say they will inform the public of the new dates for the National Population and Housing Census, likely to be within November 2022.
“The public will be informed of the new dates, likely to be within November 2022,” a statement jointly signed by Liberia’s Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah and UN Resident Coordinator Niels Scot, says.
The statement reaffirms the Government of Liberia and the International Partners’ commitment to delivering the 2022 National Population and Housing Census.
At the same time, the government acknowledges with regret that unforeseen technical and logistical challenges have necessitated a change in the enumeration schedule of the 2022 National Population and Housing Census, earlier set for 24 October to 7 November 2022.
It says the technical and logistical challenges arose due to unforeseen lapses in the Census
Enumerators’ recruitment process.
To ensure transparency and accountability in the recruitment process, the statement indicates that the government and its partners led by UNFPA, have reviewed the processes.
It noted that they have commissioned a Technical Committee to review the applications received and ensure due process in the selection of the potential enumerators based on specific technical criteria in respect of all applications received.
The Committee has the task of ensuring that only those who applied through the application portal to serve as Census Enumerators are recruited.
“The process will be concluded at the earliest. The final list of trainees will be published no later than 29 October 2022, and all interested individuals are invited to view the names of successful candidates on the LISGIS website: https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lisgis.gov.lr%2F&data=05%7C01%7C%7C40fb2a94b2874789ef5b08dab85b8500%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C638025000459192468%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=iU%2FcAiFk68ZUp4OgAnw6NNHIEipMdkDo46NZlL2Bkj0%3D&reserved=0,” the statement said.
The Government of Liberia and its Partners also wish to inform all concerned
individuals that an appropriate compensation package for the Enumerators and
Supervisors will be provided.
The joint statement said this includes reimbursements for expenses related to Tablets Charging, Tour Guides, Training, Transportation, and Refreshment.
The Census project had envisaged a complex recruitment process of Enumerators, which was why applications were requested from qualified Liberians across the country to facilitate local community participation in the project.
Meanwhile, the Census Steering Committee has lauded the House of
Representatives leadership for the intervention and suggestion to adjust the Census enumeration timeline to a date to be agreed upon by the Senate and subsequently endorsed by His Excellency the President.
In conclusion, the Government of Liberia and International Partners, led by UNFPA, commend all prospective Census Enumerators, trainers, and the general public for their patience and understanding of the delayed Census enumeration.
They reassure the people of Liberia that a credible and accurate Census Count remains their collective priority.
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