Federal Government says 2023 national census will cost N400 billion

Federal Government says 2023 national census will cost N400 billion

The Nigerian government has revealed that the census in 2023 will cost N400 billion.

This was revealed by Mr Jick Lawrence, Head of the NPC Public Affairs Department in Plateau, during a capacity building workshop for journalists on effective census reporting in Jos on Monday.

He added that N100 billion had already been spent on census preparations. He stated:

  • Over N400 billion has been earmarked to be expended on the 2023 census. About N100 billion has so far been expended on preparations ahead of the exercise, census is a very big and capital intensive exercise.”

Importance of national census: He added that the census had far reaching socio-economic gains, explained that some of the funds would go into the empowerment of about 1.5 million Nigerians, citing that those empowered would be paid monies ranging from N100,000 to 150,000 per person.

The Census chief also revealed that FG will aquire,56,000 vehicles to enhance movement of personnel and materials, and about 800,000 Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), would be procured.

On questionnaires to be issued, he also noted that new categories would be added including, ICT literacy, fertility and  child survival, deaths in the household in the last 12 months, difficulties in performing activities, sanitation, climate change, among others.

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