FG to Resume Population Census Soon

Census NPC

The National Population Commission (NPC) has reassured Nigerians that the 2023 Population and housing census will soon commence.

This was confirmed by the Federal Commissioner representing Osun state, Dr Amidu Tadese that population census is too sensitive to be rushed after postponement in 2023.

The Federal Commissioner representing Osun State at the National Population Commission, NPC, Dr Amidu Tadese, yesterday, revealed that the population census in Nigeria is too sensitive to be rushed.

The Nigeria Government had scheduled the Population and Housing census from May 3-6, 2023, before it was postponed after the general elections last year.

Recall that former President Buhari approved the 2023 Population and Housing Census after the completion of the trial census in July 2022. But later postponed after the general elections.

Dr Tadese stated that the exercise would have failed the integrity test considering the agitation that usually accompanies such exercise.

His words: “The last administration of President Muhammadu Buhari attempted to conduct a census in 2023, we don’t need to be told that the timing of last year’s census was designed ab initio not to hold because the government was supposed to depart on May 29.

“The election just took place and people were still contending with several issues around it. Meanwhile, the census itself comes with a lot of complaints. We witnessed the 2006 census, where some states of the federation disagreed with the figure and went ahead to conduct an independent census of their citizens.

“If another census was allowed to take place, the result would not have been accepted by the majority of the citizens. So, the then-president took the right decision by suspending it to allow the coming administration to settle down and address the issue.”

The Tinubu-APC led government now have the apple opportunity to set the ball rolling as the Commission commences adequate preparation to finalize the census exercise.

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