The National Population Commission (NPC) yesterday explained why the nation’s next census should hold before the 2023 general elections.
The commission said it was proposing May 2022 since it had sent the budget for the census and the timeline to the Federal Government.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in September directed the NPC to proceed with preparation to conduct the census in May.
The exercise is projected to gulp over N200 billion.
NPC Chairman, Nasir Kwarra, told reporters during the commencement of fieldwork for the 2nd pre-test for the exercise and house enumeration in Abuja, that Buhari would soon make a proclamation on the census.
A population census was last conducted in Nigeria in 2006 and another ought to have been held in 2016.
government and they have gone through it.
“The budget proposal will be submitted to the National Assembly along with the timeline. We are still proposing May 2022. But if along the line we are not able to meet that target, of course, we are flexible, we will be able to take another option.
“But I think having a census before the 2023 election, to me, is better. We desire to conduct it before elections.”
Kwarra assured also that the pre-test exercise, as part of the preparation by the commission, would to lay a good foundation for the next population and housing census.
He added: We desire to make the census credible, reliable, and acceptable to the country and other stakeholders. We would like to caution that the pre-test is not the actual census but the mirror through which we look at our readiness for the next census.
“I wish to appeal to the state governments, local government councils, our respected traditional rulers, community leaders, and religious leaders to support the commission in this noble endeavour.”