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Census commences March 29

The National Population Commission says 2023 National Population and Housing Census will hold from March 29 to April 1, 2023.

The Chairman of the Commission, Nasir Isa Kwarra, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after an audience with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

According to him, the technological tools to be deployed will include; code buildings and landmass, detailing information such as location, landscapes to ensure a credible exercise.

Mr Nasir Kwarra noted that non-Nigerians in the country at the time of the exercise will be counted.

In the 2023 Appropriation Act, the Federal Government earmarked N40bn for the National Population.

N10million was allocated for the National Population and Housing Census, while the National Population data bank, Nigerian population database management system geo-portal hosting of population website and web portal got N50 million.

According to the document, the conduct of census in schools and the training of advocates staff for data collection and interviewing techniques will gulp N60m

More so, the expansion of registration centres, registration of birth and death, and Adhoc registration took N350m.

The sum of N25m was allocated for census research, documentation, and archiving research on historical events, special population like herdsmen, fishermen, homeless persons, migrant farmers.

Census publicity and advocacy will gulp N120million.

Other outstanding/miscellaneous activities for the 2023 population and housing census will take N30billion.

Writing by Joshua Adams; Editing by Chinasa Ossai Adeniyi Bakare & Julian Osamoto