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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.
The American Statistician © 1999 American Statistical Association