President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will personally announce new dates for the national population and housing census, which has been postponed.
Nasir Kwarra, Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), revealed this on Thursday after leading a delegation to brief the president at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He stated that the commission had presented its findings to the president, who is expected to analyze it and make an educated decision on when the exercise would be done countrywide.
The NPC chief, who also hinted that the panel could have to make additional requests for financial assistance, stated that the longer the exercise was postponed, the more probable its financial needs would grow.
“We briefed him fully on the level of our preparedness, the outcomes that we anticipate, and I’d like to say that Mr President has graciously approved to support the Commission in the conduct of the census and our preparatory activities, though we’re not at all stuck, but he has given us the courage and impetus to upscale our preparation.”
“So, we’ll continue our preparations and, eventually, we’ll hear from him about the date of the census, because we’ve made a submission to him that he will study before getting back to us.” But, as for the pledge of support, he has provided it to us, and we are grateful to him for appreciating the value of data for national planning and development,” he said.