Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Eze Duruiheoma said the 2018 population and housing census may hold at the first or second quarter of the year.
Speaking at the weekend while monitoring the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Duruiheoma said the census would hold if the Commission received all resources needed.
“If we are given everything we want, if the funds are released to us, I can assure you that by the first quarter or second quarter of next year, we can embark on census,” he assured.
The Commission is presently conducting EADs in 74 local governments in readiness for the census.
However, the Chairman is concerned that the enumeration areas of 700 local governments are yet to be demarcated due to paucity of funds.
He said about N20 billion is needed to carry out the EAD nationwide.
The FCT Coordinator, Mrs Nkechi Odeh sought for two-week extension for the EAD of the Gwagwalada area council, citing logistics problems for the inability to complete it within the approved timeline.
The Chairman approved the extension and directed the director in chair of EADs to solve the logistic problems encountered by the team.
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