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Reps Probe N200bn Spent On Suspended 2023 Census

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The House of Representatives is set to probe the N200bn spent on the suspended 2023 Population and Housing Census.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by Clement Akanni during plenary in Abuja on Thursday.

Moving the motion, Akanni said the immediate-past administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari planned

to conduct a census in 2022 but the programme was later postponed to 2023.

He said the former minister of state for budget and national planning, Mr Clem Agba, said a total of N869bn would be required for the exercise.

“This figure, according to the minister, included post-census activities, adding that the National Population Commission said, it spent about N200bn to prepare for the 2023 population and housing census.”

According to him, the exercise was, however, suspended indefinitely by Buhari,  a few days before leaving office.

He added that the need to provide the nation with accurate and reliable demographic data for policy formulation and planning for sustainable development remained imperative,

Adopting the motion, the House mandated the Committee on Population to invite the Director-General of the NPC  to explain how the N200bn meant for the suspended 2023 population and housing census was spent.

The House urged the committee to report back within four weeks for further legislative action.