The Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N10 billion to the National Population Commission (NPC) and also approved an additional N4.5 billion to be included in the 2021 Budget.
The N10 billion approved is for the continuation of Enumeration Area (EAD) in 546 Local Government Areas in the country.
While the additional money is meant for completion of the exercise as part of the preparation for the next census in the country.
According to report, these was disclosed on Monday in Abuja by Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji, Acting Chairman of NPC while briefing reporters on release of the funds.
He said, this milestone development under the president’s understanding of the role data, and demographic data as the bedrock for informed development planning, allocation of resources, facilities and services.
When they asked about the time next census will commence, Oyetunji said, they are very close to the conduct of the election.
But you will remember that Buhari has appointed the complete membership of the NPC including a substantive chairman.
Government is working towards the project exercise and time like this was high demand for scarce resources for government to commit a sum of N10 billion to the EAD is an indication that we are truly closer than when we began.
228 Local Government Area were successfully demarcated across the 36 States and FCT in the previous nine phases, said by the NPC boss.
He added that, 10th phase of the exercise will commence on 5th and end on October 29th 2020, with training and fieldwork.
Acting Chairman of NPC, Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji akso said Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has entered into special arrangement with NPC under which NPC is assisting INEC to create digitised maps of INEC Regulation Areas (Wards) for the first time as part of the EAD.
All this collaboration effort will bring accuracy and transparency from the whole thing.