President Buhari approves N10bn for National Census

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the disbursement of N10 billion to the National Population Commission (NPC), for the continuation of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in the remaining 546 Local Government Area (LGA) of the country.

This disclosure was made by the Acting Chairman of NPC, Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji, during a press briefing on the release of the funds for the outstanding LGAs, and the update on the Enumeration Area Demarcation at the NPC headquarters in Abuja on Monday, 5th October, 2020.

He also stated that the president approved an additional N4.5 billion, which is to be included in the 2021 Budget for completion of the exercise, as part of the preparations for the next census.

How Much Federal Government of Nigeria will Spend On The 2016 Census;

  • The chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC) Mr. Eze Iheoma (SAN) this week told President Muhammadu Buhari that the proposed 2016 Census will gulp about N273billion.
  • Iheoma who led other commissioners of the NPC to Aso Rock to brief the president on the commission’s state of affairs told Buhari that, out of the said amount, N10billion would be needed immediately.
  • Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina noted in a statement that at the briefing, President Buhari directed government agencies to harmonise the collection and usage of biometric data in the country, instead of replicating their efforts in this regard.
  • Adesina said Iheoma briefed the president on what will be required for the commission to conduct a national census next year, 10 years after the last exercise, as stipulated by the United Nations.
  • On the harmonisation of the collection and usage of biometric data in the country, Adesina said Buhari noted that it would be cost effective and also help in giving credibility to the electoral process.

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