President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the postponement of the 2023 Population and Housing Census, which was scheduled for May 3-7, 2023. The announcement was made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement released on Friday morning in Abuja. The statement revealed that a new date will be determined by the incoming administration.
The decision to postpone the census was made after the President met with some members of the Federal Executive Council and the Chairman of the National Population Commission and his team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday, April 28, 2023.
In the statement, the meeting reiterated the critical need for the conduct of a Population and Housing Census, 17 years after the last Census, to collect up-to-date data that will drive the developmental goals of the country and improve the living standard of the Nigerian people.
The President noted that appreciable progress has been made in the implementation of the 2023 Population and Housing Census, including the completion of the Enumeration Area Demarcation of the country, conduct of first and second pretests, recruitment and training of adhoc workers, and procurement of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and ICT infrastructures. He also commended the methodology being put in place by the Commission to conduct accurate and reliable Census, especially the massive deployment of technology that is capable of delivering world-class Census and laying a sustainable basis for future censuses.
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The President, Mohammed Buhari further directed the Commission to continue with preparations for the conduct of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in order to sustain the gains already recorded and provide the basis for the incoming administration to consolidate these achievements.
The meeting was attended by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed; the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mr. Clem Agba; and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha.
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