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N187 billion earmarked for 2023 census insufficient -NPC – The Sun Nigeria

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National The Population Commission (NPC) has the N187 billion earmarked for the 2023 Population and Housing Census scheduled for April 2023 which is insufficient for the exercise.

Its Acting Director General, National Population Commission (NPC), Mrs. Ugoeze Mbagou, during a panel discussion organized by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), yesterday in Abuja on the theme: “ The 2023 Population and Housing Census: Issues, Challenges and Way Forward’ said the census is going to be a digital exercise, therefore, the amount required is far in excess of N187 billion.

“What we need is much more than that (187 billion naira). That’s why we might need an additional budget. What held up the census this year was getting government approval for us to do it. The president, graciously with the council of state, declared that we could do a population and housing census. We asked for about 187 billion, which is not enough, but with the green light from the federal government, we are asking for an additional budget.

“And since there is an endorsement from them and they appreciate the importance of a census, I don’t think funding will be an issue with the help of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) and other donor agencies. We rely 50% on us and 50% on our development partners,” she said.

The acting DG further said that the commission would begin a trial census on Monday, June 27.

“The trial census is based on geopolitical zones; six states in the federation will have 100% complete census coverage while the rest of the states will have a local government area.

She said the commission succeeded in demarcating 772 local government areas out of the 774 in the country.

“We have not delineated two LGAs in Borno and Zamfara due to the security challenge,” Mbagou said.