…. As FEC approves 2.8bn for software

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The 2023 population and housing census earlier scheduled for March 29 has been shifted to May 2023.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed made the disclosure at the end of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister while briefing State House Correspondents disclosed that the decision was necessitate by the rescheduling of the gubernatorial election to March 18.
He also disclosed that the Council approved the sum of N2.8 billion for the commission to procure software to be used for the conduct of the census.
“There was a memo presented by the National Population Commission, seeking for some software to allow them conduct the census in May this year. I believe because of the reschedulement of the elections, they cannot commence the census as scheduled.
“They sought Council’s approval for a contract to procure software for the census at the sum of N2.8 billion,” he said.