By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA—Chairman of National Population Commission, NPC, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, said yesterday that Nigeria will require N222 billion to conduct accurate, reliable and acceptable population and housing census, proposed for 2018.
Duruiheoma, who disclosed this during a session with members of the Senate Committee on National Identity Cards and National Population Commission, led by its Chairman, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, (Kaduna North) on an oversight visit, said technologies to be deployed in the conduct of the census were more sophisticated than that of 2006.
He explained that the N222 billion budget proposal by the commission was to cover pre-census, census, and post-census expenditures.
He said: “For the census we proposed, I want to give you some background information. In preparing for this census, since 2015, we have regularly hinted that given the resources, we will be prepared to do a census in 2016.
“We stated how the resources should be made available. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Then, of course, we submitted a budget at that time.”
He said that when another proposal to conduct the exercise in 2017 couldn’t happen again, the commission proposed it holds in 2018.
The Senate Committee members advised that, given the precarious economic situation in the country, the management of the population commission should approach international donor agencies to seek more funds to execute the exercise.
The committee also urged NPC to commercialise issuance of birth and death certificates as well as vital data to private and public sectors to generate revenues.