GRANDD KRU-As Liberia conducts a National Census this year, the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate has urged citizens of Grand Kru to make themselves available to be counted.
Grand Kru and River Cess are the two Counties in Liberia with only two political districts due to low population.
Liberia’s next round of National Population and Housing Census is set for March 2021. This census, which is expected to be the fifth in Liberia’s 173–year history, is likely to reveal the country’s constantly growing population.
The first four modern censuses in 1962, 1974, 1984 and 2008 revealed how the population had increased differently beginning at 1.1 million, 1.5, 2.1 and 3.5 million respectively.
Ahead of the Census, on a vigorous tour of various cities, towns, and villages, Pro-Temp Chie told his fellow kinsmen that in order for Grand Kru to reap the dividends of development, there is a need to make themselves available during the conduct of the census.
He said, there have been major population growth in the county, but that can only be captured in the national data when citizens and residents of the county take advantage of the upcoming numeration exercise.
“There will be census this year, you have to turn out to be counted, everyone is talking about road, yes we can have more money coming to the County if we do the census, based on the number we can have more funds allocated in the National budget for development in our county,” Pro-Temp Chie noted.
The Senator further told the citizens that most often, when there are national exercises most of the citizens go on their farms and boycott, but such should not be done with the pending census.
He also called on the Nimba Community in Grand Kru to ensure that they remain in the County and be counted, because they are equally part of Grand Kru.
This round of census, which was postponed in violation of the Constitution, which mandates in Article 39: “The Legislature shall cause a census of the Republic to be undertaken every ten years,”
According to the entity responsible for the Census, the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), this year’s Census is expected to be the first census to use digital technology at all phases of preparation, geographic planning, census-taking, data management, processing, tabulation, publication, archiving and dissemination.