The Federal Government has shifted the 2023 population and housing census earlier scheduled for March 29, 2023.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday shortly after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the Minister, the exercise will now hold in May, 2023.
He also disclosed that the Council approved the sum of N2.8 billion for the National Population Commission (NPC) to procure some softwares to be used for the conduct of the census.
He said, “There was a memo presented by the National Population Commission, seeking for some softwares to allow them conduct the census in May this year. I believe because of the rescheduling of the elections, they cannot commence the census as scheduled.
“They sought Council’s approval for a contract to procure software for the census at the sum of N2.8 billion.”