The House of Representatives has resolved to probe the expenditure by the Nigerian Population Commission (NPC) from the 800 billion naira approved by the Federal Government for the conduct of the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

This was sequel to the adoption of a motion moved by a lawmaker representing Aguta Federal Constituency, Anambra State, Mr Dominic Okafor.

The motion was 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.”

The census was slated for May 3-7, 2023 but was postponed indefinitely by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Leading the debate on the motion, Okafor said despite the postponement, the NPC “has admitted to have spent 200 billion naira as part of the 800 billion naira budgeted for the planning mid-execution of the 2023 population and housing census, which was postponed.”

According to the lawmaker, the money invested in the postponed 2023 budget would have meaningfully changed the lives of many Nigerians and improved distribution of palliatives across the country.

For the purpose of development, Okafor called on President Bola Tinubu to fix a date for the conduct of the exercise, adding that failure to do so would invalidate data already gathered for the population census.

Credit: Punch

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