The National Population Commission, NPC, has disclosed that about N200 billion was spent preparing for the 2023 population and housing census which has been postponed.
Executive chairman of the commission, Nasir Kwarra, stated this during a breakfast meeting on Thursday, noting that the expended fund was part of the N800 billion expected from the federal government as the total budget for the conduct of the population census.
According to Kwarra, the money included the cost of more than five years of preparing for the exercise.
The executive chairman stated that the cost of conducting a digital census was high as the commission would be buying equipment and data to be used for exercise.
He said about one million personnel have been recruited to conduct a credible and acceptable digital census.
“It is important to sustain the tempo of the preparation for the census. The focus of the commission is to lay a foundation for future censuses,’’ NAN quoted Kwarra as saying.
He assured the public of the commission’s commitment to ensuring a credible census.
Also speaking, Inuwa Jalingo, census manager, said the commission worked hard to conduct a digital census.
Jalingo added that the commission was prepared to ensure a robust quality dashboard and data for the exercise.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in April ratified the postponement of the census initially scheduled to hold between May 3 and 5.
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