President Sirleaf Launches 2008 National Census

Thursday, 28th June 2007
President Sirleaf officially launches the census.
President Sirleaf officially launches the census.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - The first National Census in more than 20-years has been launched in Monrovia by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In a speech launching the exercise, the President made it clear that the census has nothing to do with any plans to impose taxes, nor will it be used to discriminate against any group of people in the country or punish people for belonging to any political party or ethnic group.

The census the President said will help Government and its development partners to know the exact population of the country. The Liberian leader said, the exercise will also provide information on the number of persons that are of voting age, so as to help electoral authorities to clearly demarcate constituencies within the country. That information, the President said, helps government to carry out a fair representation of its people in decision making processes and structures within government. All information gathered from the census, the President said, will give government a workable tool to foster the development and transformation of the country.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President was speaking on Thursday, when she officially launched the 2008 National Population and Housing Census at the Monrovia City Hall.

The President described the census as another milestone of governmentís undertaking by the many patriotic and professional Liberians who rather than make wild unsubstantiated utterances, prefer to contribute to work positively to address the many wrongs and structural deficiencies that have characterized Liberia for too long.

Planning Minister Toga McIntosh, who chairs the Census Commission, underscored the importance of a national census and said all efforts must be exerted to ensure its success.

The Director-general of the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services, Dr. Edward Liberty, assured the President that the exercise would be completed within the 20-month period, as mandated by the National Legislature. The exercise, estimated at 5.6 six million U.S. dollars, kicks of in March next year.

More than eighteen Census Commissioners were inducted by the President, including the Ministers of Finance, State, Education, Information, Health, Internal Affairs, and the Chairman of the Liberia Council of Chiefs, Mr. Zanza Karwor, among others.

The last National Census was conducted in Liberia in 1984.

Read Full Text of President Sirleaf's Speech.