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The Federal Government has revealed plans to conduct the national population census in April 2023, after the general elections.

The Director-General of the National Population Commission (NPC), Nasir Isa-Kwarra, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after a meeting of the Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

Isa-Kwarra said the NPC would be conducting a pilot census from June 2022 after political parties must have concluded their pre-general elections activities.

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He noted the importance of census saying, “because through census we generate the data that we use for policymaking, for planning, for development, by the three tiers of government, and the private sector, they all need this.”

It was said that the data the Commission has been using are just projections, and estimation and are sort of obsolete.

The NPC boss, who recalled the last census exercise held in 2006, disclosed that the commission will deploy high technology for the exercise.

According to reports, the census would gulp over ₦400bn.

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