By Emmanuel Adeleke
The National Council of State has approved the national population census to hold in April 2023.
Director-General of National Population Commission (NPC), Nasir Isa-Kwarra, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Council of State meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday.
Isa-Kwarra said the NPC would be conducting a pilot census from June 2022 after political parties must have completed their pre-general elections activities.
The NPC boss, who recalled that the last census was conducted in 2006, said that the commission will deploy high technology for the exercise.
He said through census, data is generated for planning, adding that the data currently being used are mere projections and obsolete.
“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, planning, and development by the three tiers of government, and the private sector; they all need this.
“If you are in 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,” Isa-Kwarra said.