Fifteen years after the last census, Nigeria is likely to have another headcount next year.
This is according to The Nation.
It said President Muhammadu Buhari has given the National Population Commission (NPC) the nod to conduct another census in May, adding that N20 billion has been projected for the plan and expected the sum will form part of the 2022 budget.
“This will be another breakthrough for the Buhari administration. The NPC has secured the approval of the President to conduct a census by May 2022.
“The President has said the nation can no longer adequately plan without a correct census.
“I think the President will make a proclamation very soon after necessary consultation and advisory from the Council of State…About N200billion has been proposed,” the paper quoted a presidential source as saying.
Nigeria has been using estimated population figures since the last census lapsed in 2016. By international standard the life span of every census is 10 years.