The March 29, 2023 date for the Population and Housing Census has been changed to May 2023.
During the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday at the State House in Abuja, Minister of Communication and Culture Lai Mohammed made this announcement.
He said the decision to reschedule was necessitated by last week’s decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reschedule the Governorship and Houses of Assembly elections to March 18.
He also disclosed 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,” the minister said.
“They sought Council’s approval for a contract to procure software for the census at the sum of N2.8 billion.”