President Muhammadu Buhari has approved deferring the 2023 Population and Housing Census, which was previously scheduled between 3-7 May 2023, to a date to be selected by the incoming administration.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, announced this in a statement on Saturday.
He said the president gave his consent after meeting with some members of the Federal Executive Council and the Chairman of the National Population Commission and his team on Friday (28 April 2023) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
According to him, in making the decision to postpone the Census, the meeting emphasized the critical need for a Population and Housing Census to be conducted 17 years after the last Census to collect up-to-date data that will drive the country’s developmental goals and improve the living standards of the Nigerian people.
The president was quoted as saying that with the completion of the country’s Enumeration Area Demarcation, the conduct of first and second pretests, the recruitment and training of ad hoc workers, the procurement of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and ICT infrastructures, and the procurement of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and ICT infrastructures, significant progress had been made in the implementation of the 2023 Population and Housing Census.
He was also stated to have praised the commission’s methods for conducting accurate and reliable Censuses, particularly the vast deployment of technology capable of providing world-class Censuses and creating a sustainable foundation for future censuses.
According to Mohammed, the president also urged the commission to continue preparations for the 2023 Population and Housing Census in order to sustain the accomplishments already made and give a foundation for the future administration to build on.
Mr Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, attended the meeting, as did Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning; Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture; Mr Clem Agba, Minister of State, Budget, and National Planning; and Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
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