GOL, Partners Regret Census Setback – Technical Committee to Review Exercise

MONROVIA – The Government of Liberia and its development partners have acknowledged with regret the unforeseen technical and logistical challenges that have necessitated a change in the enumeration schedule of the 2022 National Population and Housing Census, earlier set for 24th October to 7th November 2022 which they believe arose due to the unforeseen lapses in the Census Enumerators recruitment and have Commissioned  a technical committee to review the entire process with the view of correcting all the errors.

“To ensure transparency and accountability in the recruitment process, the Government of Liberia, and partners led by UNFPA, have reviewed the processes and 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: www.lisgis.gov.

“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. This includes reimbursements for expenses related to Tablets Charging, Tour Guides, Training, Transportation, and Refreshment”, a press statement from the government and the partners co-signed by Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah Jr and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Liberia Niels Scott said..

The statement said 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 by the Senate and subsequently endorsed by His Excellency the President. The public will be informed of the new dates, likely to be within November 2022.

It can be recalled that controversies had trailed the exercise which should have begun on October 24, 2022 and end on November 7, 2022 but with so many issues surrounding the exercise including the alleged replacement of some persons who sat the aptitude test with those who did not take the test, the entire process was postponed to give LISGIS and donor institutions to sort out the issues. It took the intervention of the House of Representatives for a truce to be established and a new date set for November 22, 2022.

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