The National Population Commission has said the next census will cost well over N220bn.

The Director-General, Ghaji Ismail, said this in Abuja at the commencement of fieldwork for the continuation of the Enumeration Area Demarcation.

He said the 2015 budget for the proposed 2016 census which eventually did not take place was put at N220bn.

Ismail said with currency devaluation and inflation rates, the commission would require much more than N220bn to conduct a census.

Ismail said although the 2019 budget proposal had no provision for a census, a separate budget could be submitted for the exercise.

The DG said it was time to begin to speak about it since elections were already coming to an end.