Nigeria Postpones First Census in 17 Years to May

The information minister announced on Wednesday that Nigeria will conduct its first census in 17 years in May rather than at the end of March due to the postponement of the governorship elections.

The most populous nation in Africa will conduct a census in an effort to update statistics on both the total population and the size of various ethnic groups.

Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, informed reporters that because the population count needed to be organized, the election for new governors was delayed by a week, to March 18.

The United Nations projects that Nigeria’s population of more than 200 million will double by the year 2050. Nigeria would surpass the United States to become the third-most populous nation in the globe, after China and India.

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The distribution of oil revenues and legislative participation among Nigeria’s 36 states and 300 cultural groups are influenced by census data. After disagreements among the Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo, the three major cultural groups, previous estimates were deemed invalid.

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