The Federal Government has announced plans to hold the national population census on April 2023.
With this timeline, the census would hold a month after the much anticipated general elections scheduled for February and March by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Director General of Nigeria Population Commission, Nasir Isa-Kwarra, on Thursday disclosed this shortly after the end of the Council of State meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also noted that the NPC plans to hold a pilot census in June after the political primaries. He added that the commission will deploy high-grade technology during the exercise.
Furthermore, Isa-Kwarra described the current data in use by the country as obsolete projections saying that the census would provide more accurate data for national planning.
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“It is very crucial because I have highlighted that the Census is a very important exercise for the nation. Because through census we generate the data that we use for policy making, for planning, for development, by the three tiers of government, and the private sector, all need this.
“If you are a private sector, you’re producing something, certainly, you need to know the population of an area if you want to create a market there.
“So census data is very crucial, very important. Because, the data we’ve been using are just projections, estimation and are sort of obsolete, we need the actual census data to use for our planning.”
In 2020, the NPC estimated about 206 million people are living in Nigeria. The commission had announced that the country’s population was 198 million in 2018.
Nigeria’s last national census was conducted in 2006.