President Bola Tinubu has declared his support for the National Population Commission (NPC) in their efforts to proceed with the preparations for the 2023 National Housing and Population Census.
On Thursday, Chairman NPC Nasir Kwarra revealed this information following a comprehensive briefing with the President at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Kwarra mentioned that the Commission might need to submit additional requests for financial allocations, emphasizing that the longer the census is delayed, the greater the likelihood of increased financial requirements.
He said, “We briefed him 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 are not stuck at all, but he has given us the courage and the impetus to upscale our preparation.
According to the Chairman, the Commission submitted its report to the President, which he is expected to study for an informed decision on when the exercise would hold nationwide.
“So we’ll continue our preparations and we’ll hear from him eventually, 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.
“But as for the assurance of support, he has given that to us and we thank him immensely for this for also realizing the importance of data for the purpose of national planning and development,” he said.