House of Representatives set to probe N800 Billion budget for Census.

    The House of Representatives has decided to investigate the spending of the Nigerian Population Commission from the N800bn allocated by the Federal Government for the 2023 Population and Housing Census. This decision follows the presentation of a motion by Mr. Dominic Okafor, the lawmaker representing Aguta Federal Constituency in Anambra State.


    Okafor’s motion, titled “Need to investigate the expenditure on the postponed 2023 Population and Housing Census by the National Population Commission and Conduct of the National Population/Housing Census,” highlighted the NPC’s admission of spending N200bn despite the census postponement. This amount was part of the N800bn budgeted for the planning and execution of the census.

    During the debate, Okafor pointed out that the funds invested in the postponed 2023 budget could have positively impacted the lives of many Nigerians and enhanced the distribution of palliatives nationwide. To facilitate development, Okafor urged President Bola Tinubu to set a new date for the census, emphasizing that failure to do so would render the already gathered census data invalid.

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