YhemoLee, a Nigerian socialite, and actor, has responded to reports that the Federal Government requires N869 billion to conduct the country’s census.
Clement Agba, the minister of state for budget and national planning, announced this at an event in Abuja on Monday, March 6.
He stated that they are seeking donations from Nigerians in order to conduct the N869 billion population and housing census in 2023.
“The total requirements for this census, including the post-census activities, is N869 billion, this is about 1.88 billion US dollars.
When you hear the numbers, they really look very huge. Censuses all over the world, the average is between four to six dollars. However, in the United States, they spend $16 per person. In Botswana, they spend about $10 per person. So Nigeria’s $6 per person, you’ll agree with me, is very reasonable.
So far, the government has spent 291.5 billion naira which is $632 million. This is about 46 percent of the requirement for the census. I know this time around we’re not just doing only the population census, we’re also doing a housing census.”
Reacting to the report, Yhemo Lee, in a comic video shared on his Instagram page, urged the federal government to scrap the 2023 census exercise.
According to him, it is not ideal for them to spend that ‘outrageous’ amount when they recently spent N355 billion on the 2023 general election.
Watch him speak below,
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