The Federal Government is to spend 869 billion naira to conduct the forthcoming 2023 census.

The Federal Government is to spend 869 billion naira to conduct the forthcoming 2023 census.

Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, announced this at an engagement for the 2023 Population and Housing in Abuja, where Nigeria sought support from the private sector and international donors for the census.

He explained that 626 billion naira would be spent on pre and during the census exercise, while 243 billion naira would be spent on post census.

Agba also said the government has so far spent 291.5 billion naira on the census, making it 46 percent of the expected total funding, adding that 327.2 billion naira is required to complete the census, especially for the usage of digital gadgets with the transmission of census in real time.

On her part, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, hinted that the census would be a green census involving the use of digital maps, digital questionnaires and cloud-computing, to ensure compliance with the global climate change campaign for reduction of emission by 30 percent.

Also, the United Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mathias Schmale, stated that achieving a credible census in Nigeria would serve as a foundation for sustainable development.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Population Commission, NPC, Nasir Kwarra, assured that the funds would be used judiciously.

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