The National Population Commission (NPC) has revealed that it has spent around N200 billion preparing for the 2023 Population and Housing Census.
Nasir Kwarra, the Commission’s Executive Chairman, stated this during a breakfast meeting on Thursday.
The NPC chief also stated that the funds spent were part of the N800 billion expected from the Federal Government as the entire budget for the population census.
Nasir stated that the funds covered the cost of more than five years of planning for the exercise, and that about one million people had been recruited to conduct a credible and acceptable digital census.
The NPC chief also claimed that the expense of conducting a digital census was prohibitively expensive because the commissionwould be acquiring the necessary equipment and data for the activity.
“It is critical to maintain the pace of census preparation.” “The commission’s primary goal is to lay the groundwork for future censuses,” Kwarra explained.
He then assured Nigerians that the NPC is dedicated to conducting a genuine census.
Census Manager Inuwa Jalingo also spoke at the ceremony, stating that the commission worked hard to execute a digital census.
Jalingo went on to say that the commission was ready to ensure a high-quality dashboard and data for the exercise.
Remember that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the postponement of the census in April, which was originally scheduled to take place across the country between May 3 and 5.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and culture in a statement, who announced the postponement, said the new date for the census would be set by the incoming administration.