ABUJA, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria will commence the 2023 national population and housing census on May 3, an exercise that is expected to take account of every person, household, and structure in the most populous African country, an official said on Sunday.
Garba Abari, head of the National Orientation Agency, told reporters in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, that the census will be held for three days across the country, and rounded off on May 5.
"The census is absolutely important because it is for development, planning, security, infrastructure development, educational, health and other demographic considerations all encapsulating in one," said Abari, whose agency is tasked with communicating government policy.
The official said the forthcoming national population and housing census was important for the country, describing it as "mandatory" with the view of aiding national planning and execution of developmental projects.
Speaking on the level of preparedness, Abari said the census, which was earlier scheduled for March 29 but postponed due to the country's general elections, is now set to hold, with all necessary arrangements already put in place by the government and the National Population Commission, the organizing agency.