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Obi supports FG on 2023 census postponement

THE presidential candidate for the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has backed the Federal Government’s decision to push out the census until 2023.

President Buhari gave his approval to push out the 2023 Population and Housing Census from its original May 3–7 date to a time that will be decided by the new administration.

The President gave this directive yesterday while he met with a few members of the Federal Executive Council and Nasir Isa-Kwarra and his staff, the chairman of the National Population Commission, in the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

This was revealed in a press release issued this morning and signed by Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture.

The former Anambra State governor Obi responded to the decision by calling the postponement a “propitious and welcome development”.

Adding that the national census as a vital tool for fostering national growth.

In a series of tweets on his Twitter handle today, He said “Even though Nigeria is long overdue for a census, conducting one requires proper planning and diligence to ensure the sanctity of the results; the efficacy of the data gathered therefrom, as well as their utility in driving national development goals.

“Our living standards and growing national housing deficits. It is hoped that when eventually the census is conducted, it will serve as confidence-building measures instead of being fraught with the usual controversy.”

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