FG announces date for 2023 population census

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This, he claims, will ensure the exercise's credibility.


 The federal government has set a date for the national population and housing census in 2023.

The census will take place from March 29 to April 1, 2023, according to the FG.

Nasir Kwarra, Chairman of the National Population Council and Chairman of the National Population Commission, revealed this to State House Correspondents on Friday, shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

"From March 29 to April 2, our staff will be enumerating people in the field," said Kwarra.

According to him, the deployed technological tools will be able to code buildings and landmasses, detailing information such as location, landscapes, and so on.

This, he claims, will ensure the exercise's credibility.

He also noted that non-Nigerians will be counted so long as they are in the country at the time of the exercise.

In the 2023 Appropriation Act, the Federal Government earmarked N40bn for the National Population.

A total of N10m was allocated for the national population and housing census, while the national population data bank, Nigerian population database management system geo-portal hosting of population website and web portal got N50 million.

According to the document, the conduct of census in schools and the training of advocates staff for data collection and interviewing techniques will gulp N60m

More so, the expansion of registration centres, registration of birth and death, and Adhoc registration took N350m.

The sum of N25m was allocated for census research, documentation, and archiving (i.e., research on historical events, special population e.g. herdsmen, fishermen, homeless persons, migrant farmers.)

Census publicity and advocacy (I.e. publicity, information, communication, DNA enlightenment for population programmes, through print electronic media.) will gulp N120m.

Other outstanding/miscellaneous activities for the 2023 population and housing census will take N30bn.

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