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The Nigerian Census: Problems and Prospects

Abraham Okolo
The American Statistician
Vol. 53, No. 4 (Nov., 1999), pp. 321-325
DOI: 10.2307/2686050
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2686050
Page Count: 5
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The Nigerian Census: Problems and Prospects
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Abstract

Census-taking is a very sensitive issue that has remained intractable in Nigeria. A series of censuses makes it possible to appraise the past, accurately describe the present, and estimate the future. In this article, we give an exposition of census-taking in Nigeria for the period 1866-1992. It is my contention that political and economic factors played the more decisive role in influencing the success of the census exercise. I offer some suggestions that may be useful in solving Nigeria's census problems.

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