Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the 2023 population and housing census earlier scheduled for 29 March has been shifted to May.
Mr Mohammed confirmed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to the minister, the decision to shift the census was necessitated by the postponement of the gubernatorial and state assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from 11 March to 18 March.
He also disclosed that the council approved N2.8 billion for the National Population Commission (NPC) to procure some software to be used for the conduct of the census.
â€œThere was a memo presented by the National Population Commission, seeking some software to allow them to conduct the census in May this year.
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â€I believe because of the rescheduling of the elections, they cannot commence the census as scheduled.
â€œThey sought councilâ€™s approval for a contract to procure software for the census at the sum of N2.8 billion,â€ he said.