The National Population Commission ( NPC) says it requires about N532.7billion to conduct a national census in April next year.
The Chairman of the Commission , Alhaji Nasir Isa Kwarra who stated this at the budget Presentation with the Senate Committee on National Population and Identity Management, explained that the money, is to facilitate a digital census
According to him,NPC is ready to re- write the history of census in Nigeria by making it an accurate , credible , reliable and acceptable by all Nigerians .
He added that the proposed sum for conduct of 2023 census, covers post enumeration survey and that the exercise will be different from the past
On the 2023 budgetary proposal for the agency , Alhaji Kwarra said the agency was given an envelope of N1.05billion for capital expenditure , N655million for overhead and N8.6billion for personnel , while in year 2022 they had a total of N206.85billion,out of which N107.7billion was for capital expenditure, N615million for overhead and N7.8billion for personnel cost .
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Population and Identity Management,, Sahabi Ya’u representing Zamfara North told the NPC boss to furnish the committee with details of projects executed with the 2022 appropriation and those proposed for the 2023 fiscal year.
Meanwhile,the Request by the NPC chairman to decorate the Chairman and the committee members as 2023 Census Ambassadors was however turned down.