Following the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for the next Population and Housing Census to be conducted this year, the present Commission under my leadership has intensified preparations to give the nation the first digital census and guide for development planning.
The Commission has successfully completed the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in the 772 LGAs out of the 774 LGAs in Nigeria as well as the 1st and 2nd Census Pretest in the selected Enumeration Areas in the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory in preparation for the 2022 Census with the outcomes of these preparatory activities re-assuring that the Commission is on course in its mission to deliver a credible and reliable census.
The methodology for the next census has been designed to produce not only accurate, reliable and acceptable census but also inclusive and user-friendly census data.
The present Commission is determined to surmount all challenges and deliver to Nigeria and international community a world class census for planning purposes. I wish to affirm that the present members of the Commission and the entire staff are filled with a common vision, zeal, commitment, expertise and with the sophisticated technology at our disposal, the support which Mr. President has extended to us and the support from the State Governors, Chairmen of Local Government Areas, Traditional and Religious Leaders, Civil Society Organizations and Development Partners, I am confident that the Commission will deliver a credible and reliable census that will meet international standard and global acceptability.
Therefore, I enjoin all Nigerians and other stakeholders to get involved and support the Commission in the conduct of the 2022 Population and Housing Census.
Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra
The National Population Commission had a long history spanning over four decades. The nucleus of the agency was the National Census Board which conducted the 1973 Census and headed by the late Justice Adetokunbo Ademola. It was an ad-hoc body and became the National Population Bureau after the exercise.
However, the Commission had existed in its present form as a permanent and autonomous body with constitutional power since 1981 when the late Alhaji Abdulrahman Okene was inaugurated as Chairman with members drawn from 19 states of the federation by former President Shehu Shagari. The Commission never conducted a census.