Census: Cote d’Ivoire’s Govt. says no hidden agenda

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By Azubuike Okeh

Abidjan, April 11, 2014 (NAN) Cote d’Ivoire’ government said on Friday it has no hidden agenda organising ongoing national population census in country.

Minister Planning and Development Alert Mabri told newsmen in Abidjan exercise was purely to generate statistics for development purposes.

Mabri called on , parties, religious groups, community associations and other stakeholders to support the exercise.

He said statistics generated the housing and population census remained veritable indices for development planning.

“We have held series meetings with stakeholders, educating them on the to support this exercise.

“It is clearly for development purposes and has no undertone as being peddled in some quarters,’’ he said.

The Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) party former Laurent Gbagbo had accused the government of hidden agenda in the conduct of the exercise.

The FPI said it was unfair to conduct population census when a large number of its supporters were still in exile.

Cote d’Ivoire’ housing and population census, initially scheduled for November 2013 was shifted to 2014.

The government announced that the exercise would cost about 13 billion CFA, out of which the would provide 72 per cent, while the remaining would be provided by development partners.

The population of Cote d’Ivoire, the world’ largest cocoa beans producer, was last estimated at 23 . (NAN)