According to the Director-General, DG of the National Population Commission, NPC, Dr Ghaji Bello, said an estimated amount close to N272 billion has been booked for the proposed 2018 national population census.
The DG told a reporter of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in New York that the Federal Government of Nigeria was expected to released 51% of the fund for the exercise while the international donor community would deal with the remaining 49%.
Dr Ghaji Bello further added that the National Population Census would take place in 2018 if all the logistics needed are provided. He said the exercise was supposed to have been conducted in 2016, according to the international standard.
“If we are given all the resources that we need today, we may need possibly the first quarter of next year before we can do proper census.
“Because there are quite a number of processes that have to be undertaken as part of the preparatory activities between now and the actual census phase itself.
“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.