The Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Eze Duruiheoma, said Wednesday that the 2016 population census will cost N100billion, being the amount required for the pre-census, census proper and post census exercise.
Duruiheoma who stated this in Abuja while speaking on the need for the conduct of the 2016 census said the exercise will cover a period of over two years.
He further stated that the numerous challenges facing the country, including security, dwindling revenue base of the national economy and politically induced tension should not be allowed to place permanent lid on the national census.
He said, “The nation has so much to gain from conducting an accurate and reliable census in 2016 and so much to lose if it takes the convenient option of pushing the census to a later date. No meaningful people-centered planning can be carried out without accurate and reliable demographic data.”
Chief Duruiheoma maintained that conducting fresh census in 2016 will put an end to the lingering legal disputes on previous headcounts as the figures from the exercise will become the official population figures of the country.
He said the commission has the technical competence to conduct a world class census, and solicited the understanding, cooperation and support of government at all levels and the people for the conduct of the census.