The Census Tribunal on Tuesday ordered the National Population Commission to conduct a recount in 114 localities in Bayelsa State where the state government contested the outcome of the 2006 census.
The Chairman of Tribunal ‘A’, Abraham Yisa, gave the order in Abuja in a judgment based on the failure of the respondent to disprove claims of non-enumeration of the areas by the complainant.
The Bayelsa State Government had challenged a population figure of 1,703,358 declared by the commission, alleging that the figure was inaccurate and did not reflect the population of the state.
It alleged that some fishing settlements were not covered by enumerators due to the lack of river transportation.
The government contended that the 1991 population figure for the state was 1,103,439 and that after 15 years, the population would have been higher than what was declared.
It blamed the omission of many areas or anomalies on…
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