By Emmanuel Adeleke
The Federal Government has announced a new date for the population and housing census earlier scheduled to commence on March 29, 2023.
Minister of information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister told State House correspondents that the postponement was due to the rescheduling of the governorship and House of Assembly elections to March 18.
He added that the council approved the sum of N2.8 billion for the National Population Commission (NPC) to procure software to be used for the conduct of the census.
“There was a memo presented by the National Population Commission, seeking some software to allow them to conduct the census in May this year. I believe because of the rescheduling of the elections, they cannot commence the census as scheduled.
“They sought council’s approval for a contract to procure software for the census at the sum of N2.8 billion,” he said.
The exercise will now hold in May.
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