Ethiopia to hold 4th population and housing census in April

Addis Ababa, February 02, 2019 (GMN) - The Ethiopian National Planning Commission announced it will implement the fourth population and housing census in the country's history starting April 07, 2019.

Everything is ready to carry out a clear and credible investigation, said the head of the Commission, Fitsum Assefa, during an interview with the state media in Addis Ababa.

The agency will be using Global Positioning System (GPS), computers and digital tools including 175,000 tablets and 126 portable chargers (power bank) to be used in the event of power outage.   All devices to facilitate census work are ready to obtain and process accurate and reliable information.

It will be three weeks long and will be kicked off the same day across nine regional states and two city administrations, over 182,000 professionals will be deployed, as reported by Ethiopian state media.

About this, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in several public speeches and meetings with opposition groups that the study will be held and disseminated months before the 2020 elections.

Last November, the government appointed an advisory council to prepare the first inquiry of its kind in more than a decade, an initiative considered an answer to ethnic self-determination demands.

Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous nation, was reconfigured a quarter century ago as a federation to give autonomy to more than 80 ethnic groups. Currently, the Ethiopian population is estimated to be over 100 million, the second largest in Africa after Nigeria.

Although the Constitution provides for at least one census every ten years, the third and last was in 2007, according to the National Planning Commission. (State Media)