The Federal Government of Nigeria has postponed the national population census initially scheduled to start on March 29 to May 2023.
The new date was announced today by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council Meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The rescheduling of the population census was necessitated by the announcement of new date for the governorship and national assembly elections which were moved from March 11 to 18, due to INEC’s inability to reconfigure BVAS machines on time.
Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council has approved N2.8 billion for the procurement of software required for the conduct of the national population and housing census in May.
“There was a memo presented by the National Population Commission seeking some software to allow them to conduct the census in May this year,” Mohammed said, stating that “I believe because of the rescheduling of the elections, they cannot commence the census as scheduled.”
National population census is the total enumeration of the inhabitants of a country for planning and development purposes.