Liberian President George Weah has sent a communication to the Liberian Senate craving the indulgence of that body to postpone the National Census in 2022.
According to the President’s Communication to the Senate, his quest is based on the inability of the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), to appropriately conduct the census.
President Weah in his communication told the Liberian Senate that the census if conducted in 2021 will not meet up with modern and international best practices.
The communication informed members of the upper House, that LISGIS’s inability to conduct the census this year is due to the Corona-virus Pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic according to the President, caused a downturn impact on the process, ranging from assessment, enumeration, material importation among others which could not be done due to the virus.
President Weah added that, 2022 will give ample time to LISGIS to adjust itself in meeting up with conducting the census that will set statistical data for informed decision making.
According to our reporter assigned at the Liberian Senate, if considered by the Legislature, it will be the third time the census will be postponed.
Liberia has not been able to conduct her national census since 2008 as a result of national challenges.
Constitutionally, it is expected that Liberia supposed to conduct its census every 10 years.
However, the Liberian Senate has forwarded the communication to its committee on Autonomous Commissions to look into the communication to report back in two weeks.
The committee is also expected to invite LISGIS to provide more justifications for their request.