The National Population Commission (NPC) in Nigeria is facing funding challenges as it prepares for the 2023 census exercise, which is critical for national planning and development.
The census was originally scheduled for 2022 but was rescheduled for March 2023, and later recommended to hold in May.
The government has committed N291.5bn ($632m) to the exercise, but the NPC needs an additional amount to complete preparations.
Accurate data on the population’s size, composition, and distribution is expected from the census exercise, which will impact Nigeria’s socio-economic development for years to come.
Without adequate funding, the NPC may face difficulties in conducting the exercise effectively, which could result in inaccurate data and negative consequences for the country.
As the country prepares for the census, stakeholders are closely watching to see how the government will address the funding challenges to ensure the success of the exercise.
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