The Federal Government has announced that the 2023 National Population and Housing Census would start on May 3.
This was revealed on Sunday in Abuja during a press conference by Dr. Garba Abari, a member of the 2023 National Population and Housing Census Publicity and Advocacy Committee.
He said that the three-day exercise would commence May 3 and end on May 5 across the country.
Abari, who is the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), explained that the census exercise would capture every person, household and structure for national planning and project execution purposes.
According to him, the change in the date was due to the postponement of the 2023 gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“That change by INEC made it mandatory for us to also adjust the date for the conduct of the exercise,” he said.
He described the census and the 2023 elections as major national events with significant importance which had earlier been planned to hold not too far away from each other.
“The census had to be put forward from the initial date of March 29 to April 2nd, now to May 3rd to 5th.
“There are two things that informed the shift in date. First, in the cause of our planning by the National Population Commission, it was so factored that INEC will also tinker with its own electoral timetable.
“The gubernatorial election as you are aware had to be shifted by one week. And this also has a telling effects on the date of commencement of the census.
“Just like election, the Census is also a very long process like the training, the sub-trainings, retraining leading till the very day of the actual house listing and numbering will commence and then the actual capture of the population will now take place.
“So, these actually are the things we are looking forward to in the preparations for the national census,’’ he said.
The D-G promised that the country was prepared for the exercise, which he described as a key event that would support national planning and execution of developmental programs, and that it was set to start.
The census, in his opinion, is crucial because it incorporates demographic factors related to development, planning, security, infrastructure development, education, and health.