Nasir Kwarra, the Chairman of the National Population Commission, has explained that the commencement of the 2023 national housing and population census, earlier slated for March 29, is likely to be affected by the postponement of the 2023 gubernatorial and National Assembly election in the country.
Kwarra made this known while speaking at a meeting with the Resident Representative of the United Nations Population Fund, Ms Ulla Mueller, in Abuja on Friday.
TheNewsGuru.com reports that INEC announced the postponement of gubernatorial and State Assembly election by one week.
The election originally fixed for March 11 will now hold on the 18th of March 2023.
As a result, the NPC chairman said he would consult with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buahri (retd.), on a suitable date for the national census to begin as no date specific date had been assigned for it.
On her part, the Resident Representative pledged the support of the UNFPA in ensuring the success of the exercise.
She, however, explained that the conduct of a post-enumeration survey would also give credibility to the census and reiterated the significance of the exercise to the attainment of the sustainable development goal
To show support of the post-enumeration survey, the UNFPA presented sixteen high-capacity computers for the conduct of the survey.