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BREAKING: President Buhari Approves Postponement of 2023 Census


President Muhmmadu Buhari has approved the postponement of the 2023 Population and Housing Census headed by the National Population Commission (NPC).

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Recall the commission earlier also postponed the training exercise of ad-hoc staff. This postponement was quite expected as the training exercise is supposed to be done before the actual census.

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The press release on the postponement of the census is as follows;


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the postponement of the 2023 Population and Housing Census, earlier scheduled for 3-7 May 2023, to a date to be determined by the incoming Administration. 

The President gave the approval after meeting with some members of the Federal Executive Council and the Chairman of the National Population Commission and his team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday (28 April 2023).

In arriving at the decision to postpone the Census, the meeting reiterated the critical need for the conduct of a Population and Housing Census, 17 years after the last Census, to collect up-to-date data that will drive the developmental goals of the country and improve the living standard of the Nigerian people.

The President noted that with the completion of the Enumeration Area Demarcation  of the country, conduct of first and second pretests, the recruitment and training of adhoc workers, procurement of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and ICT infrastructures, appreciable progress has been made in the implementation of the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

He also commended the methodology being put in place by the Commission to conduct accurate and reliable Census, especially the massive deployment of technology that is capable of delivering world class Census and laying a sustainable basis for future censuses

The President further directed the Commission to continue with preparations for the conduct of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in order to sustain the gains already recorded and provide the basis for the incoming administration to consolidate these achievements. 

The meeting was attended by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha. 

Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Honourable Minister of Information and Culture


29th April 2023

Meanwhile as ad-hoc staff await the training exercise, you can start learning about how the 2023 Census will be conducted, your role as an ad-hoc staff, and all you need to know about the commission by downloading the training manual below:




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