[New York]–The Director-General of the National Population Commission (NPC), Dr. Ghaji Bello has hinted pressmen that next year census might cost the government about N272 billion Naira.
He made this estimate while speaking with a correspondent of the News Agency in New York.
According to him, the Federal Government was expected to fund the exercise by 51 per cent while the international donor community would fund the remaining 49 per cent.
“The submission we have made to the Federal Government is in the region of N272 billion. But the good thing is that that the N272 billion is not for one single year.
“It is spread along a four-year tenure. There’s pre-census activities, that is the preparation; the actual census proper itself and the post-census enumeration activities.
“So maybe you are looking at an average of maybe N40 billion in the first year, another N100 billion during the actual census itself and then the balance during the last year.
“But the beauty again is that not all the resources are normally provided by the government of the federation.
“The international community does come in and supporters like EU, USAID ; from the previous record that we have, the ratio is 51 to 49 per cent.
“The 51 per cent is provided by the Federal Government while the 49 per cent is provided by the international donor community.
“Therefore, it is something that once government makes a proclamation, then it means that the country is ready and the international community will come and support the government,” he said.
Bello also said there was the need for the government to leverage on the international community to help with the necessary assistance, adding that this would go a long way in defraying the cost.
He finally gave a report of the Enumeration Area Demarcation, which he described as the foundation of the census itself and he revealed that the commission has just been able to carry out the demarcation of 74 local governments out of 774 local governments.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg