Buhari gives nod for 2022 population census

N20bn earmarked for exercise

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Population Commission (NPC) to proceed with preparation to conduct another census in May, next year.

The sum of N200 billion (Two hundred billion Naira) has been reportedly projected for the conduction of the population census in 2022.

It was gathered that the said funds projected for the exercise is expected to be included in the 2022 Budget.

Recall that the House of Representatives in May this year, admonished President Buhari to suspend the planned 2021 census until the security challenges in the country subside.

The House of Representatives made this call in a series of tweets on the official handle of the House of Representatives.

The resolution of the House was passed following a Motion moved by a member representing Bosso/Paikoro Federal Constituency of Niger State, Shehu Beji. However, a top source in the Presidency yesterday, said President Buhari is prepared to conduct another census after fifteen years.

It was gathered that the President might consult the Council of State as statutorily required under the Third Schedule, Part 1 (5) of the 199 Constitution.

The council is made up of the President, the Vice President, former presidents, all former heads of the government of the federation, all former Chief Justices of Nigeria, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, all the governors and the Attorney-General of the Federation”.

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