The 2023 Population and Housing Census, which was initially scheduled for May 3–7, 2023, has been postponed with the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to a time to be determined by the incoming administration.
Following a meeting at the State House on Friday between President Muhammadu Buhari and Nasir Isa Kwarra, the Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), the decision was made.
Remember that the Census was originally slated for March 27 but was moved to May 3 as a result of the earlier delay of the gubernatorial elections.
The chairman of the commission said that the commission still hasn’t acquired all the equipment required to conduct the census during a meeting with the diplomatic corps on Thursday at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja. He added that some equipment will be acquired in a few days.
“We need up to 800,000 PADs for the nation; so far, we have acquired about 500,000. In a few days, the rest will arrive, he said.
He commented on the contributions made to the census by the private sector and other significant stakeholders, saying, “But you know how they operate; it’s not like the money will come that way. They must consult with their own government and review their spending plan. The process is still ongoing. We cannot, however, claim that any money has entered. It is a procedure, and the procedure is in progress.