2023 census shifted, now to be executed by Tinubu

Buhari and Tinubu

The postponement of the 2023 Population and Housing Census was, on Friday, approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. It was originally slated for May 3-7 2023 but now the administration of Asiwaju Tinubu who won the last Presidential election, will execute it.

The approval was given on Friday, April 28, 2023 when Nasir Isa-Kwarra, Chairman of the National Population Commission and his team held a meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

According to a press statement signed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made available to the media this Saturday, “In arriving at the decision to postpone the census,” the statement says, “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 with the completion of the Enumeration Area Demarcation of the country, conduct of first and second pre-tests, the recruitment and training of ad hoc workers, procurement of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and ICT infrastructures, appreciable progress has been made in the implementation of the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

“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.”

The statement added, “The President 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,” the statement concluded.