Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Census

The much anticipated Census is nigh. Nigeria will be on holiday from Tuesday until Saturday next week, with no movement allowed until after 4pm. It seems to me poor planning indeed that a task that will only take a few minutes per household will nonetheless require each household is grounded for the entire week. Quite how people who make their living from day-to-day street selling will get by is an interesting question. The obvious issue is why couldn’t the planners divide up the enumeration zones into days, so that each area would only experience at most one day’s disruption. I know several people who are leaving the country to work in Ghana etc next week just so they can avoid being under curfew.


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