House of Representatives.

Nigeria’s House of Representatives has called on the federal government to set a date for national census scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The House made the call after Hon. Ossy Prestige (Abia-APGA) moved a motion under “Matters of Urgent Public Importance” on the need to conduct census for proper planning and development in Nigeria.

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The lawmaker quoted United Nations Fund for Population Activities as saying that Nigeria had a dynamic economy and large population expected to double in the next two decades.

He said that census was pivotal and necessary tool for the growth of any emerging society, which in turn informed decision-making at all facets of public and private sector.

The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

The House, therefore, urged the government to make provisions for census funds in 2019 Budget and also appealed to international communities to support same.

It further asked the Executive to mobilise the NPC for the completion of Enumeration Area Demarcation and preliminary preparation of the census.

The House also mandated its Committee on Legislative Compliance to liaise with the NPC for strict compliance and report back to it for further legislative action.