Connect with us

Foreign

Sierra Leone launches controversial census

Published

on

 Sierra Leone launches controversial census
Sierra Leone launches controversial census

1 Sierra Leone launched a national census on Friday, despite opposition groups pledging to boycott the process for fear it will be used to control electoral districts in the West African country.

the sun news paper headline today

2 In a blow to the government, the World Bank also pulled out of funding the census, raising questions this week about the adequacy of the preparations.

the sun news paper headline today

3 President Julius Maada Bio announced plans for a national census last year, which he said would help the government’s development agenda.

the sun news paper headline today

4 The nation of some eight million people is one of the poorest in the world and is still reeling from the 1991-2002 civil war and the 2014-2016 West African Ebola epidemic.

5 Sierra Leone’s political opposition is deeply skeptical about the reasons for conducting a census.

6 The All Peoples Congress (APC) party this month criticized the project as a “cowardly attempt to skew the statistics” in Bio strongholds in the south and east of the country, and urged its supporters to boycott.

7 Census data is being collected by a force of 15,000 pollsters, according to the government.

8 However, the World Bank said in a letter dated Tuesday that it was withdrawing funds and technical assistance due to concerns that enumerators were poorly trained.

9 He urged the government to address this and other issues to avoid collecting poor-quality data, according to the letter, seen by AFP.

10 On Thursday, the government called the decision “shocking and unfortunate” and said in a response that it was not aware of any major technical problems that could affect the census.

11 Source Credit: TheGuardian

odd mobile bet9ja com

NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. We are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and we strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor @ nnn.ng. Disclaimer.