President Bola Tinubu
President Bola Tinubu has assured that his administration will lend support to the National Population Commission (NPC) in the conduct of the next census.
Tinubu made the statement on Wednesday, November 8, at the launch of the Digital Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System, and the National Geospatial Data Repository at the State House, Abuja.
He, however, did not reveal the date for the next census.
“Our population remains the greatest asset of the nation in the development process,” the President said.
“Collecting accurate and reliable information on the size, distribution, composition, and characteristics of the population is an essential governance activity that is also consistent with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present administration.
“The Commission will therefore be supported in the conduct of the next census.”
The president said Nigeria’s population remained the greatest asset the nation wields in the broader mission to become one of the largest economies in the world.
“Coming at a time when the Commission has made substantial progress in its quest to deliver the first digital population and housing census, it is my hope that the result of the census will provide the nation with much-needed data for development planning and the enthronement of good governance,” he said.
Last week, the House of Representatives disagreed on conducting census this year due to insecurity but resolved to investigate the money expended on the postponed 2023 census by the NPC.
The national census was lasted conducted in Nigeria in 2006.