Federal Government to conduct National Census in April

Federal Government to conduct National Census in April
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According to the Federal Government, a national census will be held in April for the first time in 16 years.Federal Government to conduct National Census in April

This was one of the decisions made during the Council of State meeting on Thursday in Abuja.

Nasir Isa-Kwarra, Director General of the Nigeria Population Commission, informed Journalists after the meeting that the Commission would use high-tech logistics to conduct a credible census.

He stated that a pilot census will be held in June of this year, following political party primaries.

Nigeria’s last housing and population census was in August 2006, with a population estimate of 140 million people.

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, they all need this,” Isa-Kwarra said.

He added that;

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.“

The President, Vice President, past presidents, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and serving and former Chief Justices of Nigeria are all members of the council.

Other are the Attorney General of the Federation, all Governors of States, and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

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