FG Proposes Date for Nationwide Census, Awaits Tinubu’s Approval

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The federal authorities via the Nationwide Inhabitants Fee (NPC) has introduced its proposal to conduct the long-awaited Nigerian Inhabitants and Housing Census in November 2024.

This proposal is topic to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s approval, the chairman of the fee, Nasir Isa Kwarra, mentioned throughout a press convention marking the 2024 World Inhabitants Day.

Kwarra revealed that the fee is 70% ready to conduct the census. In keeping with him, the delay in acquiring correct inhabitants knowledge won’t hinder Nigeria’s progress in the direction of reaching the UN 2020 Spherical of Inhabitants & Housing Censuses.

Notably, Nigeria has not carried out a nationwide census up to now 18 years, with the final try in 2023 being cancelled by former President Muhammad Buhari.

The NPC chairman expressed eagerness to proceed with the census, pending presidential approval.

He mentioned, “To start with of the 12 months, we wished to conduct a census in November, however we’re ready for that nod. If that’s given, we are going to swing into motion and earlier than the tip of 2024 we will conduct an excellent census for Nigeria. We’re nonetheless ready. Some huge cash has been spent. Since it’s a digital census, we have now over 760,000 PDAs that we’re supposed to make use of for the census. This gear has been purchased for over a 12 months now. With such gear, when you don’t use them and the batteries go down, we run the danger of shedding a variety of these services. It’s important we have now the sources to kick-start the method.”

The fee has additionally developed digital maps for the census and future surveys, aiming to supply complete knowledge to trace each citizen within the nation.

In the meantime, the Statistician Basic of the Federation, Adeyemi Adeniran, mentioned the census knowledge is critical in addressing poverty-related points and driving nationwide growth.

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