President Bola Tinubu will personally announce new dates for the national population and housing census that was postponed last April, the Chairman of the National Population Commission, Nasir Kwarra, said on Thursday.
Kwarra disclosed this to State House Correspondents after his delegation briefed the President at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
At the briefing, the NPC submitted its report to the President which he is expected to study and reach an informed decision on what date to fix the nationwide exercise.
According to the Census Boss, the Commission will request more financial provisions because the longer the exercise is delayed, the more its financial requirements expand.
He said “We briefed him (President Tinubu) fully on the level of our preparedness, the outcomes that we envisage and I’ll like to say that Mr President has graciously approved to support the Commission in the conduct of census and our preparatory activities, though we’re not stuck at all, but he has given us the courage and the impetus to upscale our preparation.
“So we’ll continue our preparations and we’ll hear from him eventually, that is, the date that the census will take place because we’ve made a submission to him that he will study before getting back to us.”
In the meantime, he said the President assured the commission of his support
“He has given that to us and we thank him immensely for this for also realising the importance of data for the purpose of national planning and development,” Kwarra explained.