Concerned by the high spate of insecurity in the country, the House of Representatives has called on the federal government to suspend the proposed 2021 population and housing census being planned by the National Population Commission.
Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, gave the advice, saying the exercise should be suspended until the country is safe enough.
The House came about the resolution following a motion by a member representing Bosso/Paikoro Federal Constituency of Niger State, Shehu Beji.
Moving the motion, Beji said that the federal government through the National Population Commission has commenced preparations for the 2021 population and housing census across the country.
He pointed out that the state of insecurity in Nigeria has displaced numerous citizens who are duellers of the various communities to be captured in the exercise.
The lawmaker observed that some displaced persons have crossed over to neighbouring countries for refuge and cannot be captured if the census is to be conducted.
The lawmaker recalled that past census concluded had yielded controversial statistics for the nation as a result of partial coverage of the actual population of the country which must not be allowed to perpetuate.
Beji stated: “The precarious situation that has befallen our nation apparently informs the need to set priorities in governance. Thus, our priority should be tilted towards a lasting solution to the killings, kidnapping and other criminal activities tormenting the nation.”
He added that the Green Chamber had in the same vein called on the president to declare a state of emergency on security to avert a possible impending calamity.