2023 Census: FG Seeks N327bn Donor Funding

2023 Census: FG Seeks N327bn Donor Funding


The Federal Authorities has planed to ascertain a basket fund to gather donations for the 2023 inhabitants and housing census.

The Minister of State for Finances and Nationwide Planning, Clem Agba, made this disclosure at a high-level companions engagement to hunt assist for the 2023 census in Abuja on Monday.

Agba famous {that a} complete of N869bn is required for the census, including that the federal government dedicated N291,5bn with the necessity for a further N327.2bn.

He stated, “The overall requirement for the census (together with submit census actions) is N869bn ($1.88bn): census requirement – N626bn ($1.36bn) which is about $6 per capita (simply barely above the brink of as much as $5 per capita); Put up-Census (as much as 2025) is N243bn ($527m).

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“To this point, the federal government has dedicated N291.5bn ($632m) to the census, making it 46 per cent of complete funding for the census. An Extra (speedy) sum of N327.2bn ($709.9m) is required to finish the census.”

Agba additional disclosed that the census train was to be carried out final yr, however rescheduled for March 2023, however there’s a advice that it needs to be held in Might, 2023.

He stated, “The final census in Nigeria was carried out in 2006. In 2014, the earlier authorities proposed one other census for 2016 consistent with the UN advice for Decennial census.

“That administration, nonetheless, exited in 2015 with out undertaking the want. From 2015 to 2016 the nation slipped right into a recession on account of crash in oil worth and manufacturing.

“In 2018/2019, authorities recommitted to the conduct of the census. In 2020, Covid-19 disrupted plans for the train. The census was rescheduled for March 2023, however now really helpful to carry in Might 2023. In 2021/2022, funds have been appropriated for the Census. The Census was initially deliberate for 2022, however was moved to 2023, after the elections.”

He added that the basket fund will likely be managed by the United Nations Inhabitants Fund, which can be offering the Nationwide Inhabitants Fee with technical and monetary assist.

The minister urged members of the non-public sector to both donate money or supply to purchase a few of the supplies wanted for the census.

The Resident Consultant, UNFPA, Ms Ulla Mueller, pressured the necessity for the census to keep away from the common guess on the present inhabitants of the nation.

She added that monetary assist from the UNFPA could also be round $10m alongside the technical assist that will be supplied.

Talking on behalf of Organised Non-public Sector and African Philanthropic Organisations, the Chairman, Heirs Holdings Group and Founder, The Tony Elumelu Basis, additionally famous the necessity for the census for the nation’s improvement and development.

He stated, “For me, this activity is important to our nation’s future – if we have no idea our inhabitants, we can’t correctly plot our developmental path, our financial development, our society’s targets. Credible demographic knowledge is of profound significance for the private and non-private sectors alike. Everyone knows we reside in a data-driven world.

“As a personal sector chief with investments in key sectors of the Nigerian financial system by way of the Heirs Holdings Group, Transcorp Group, United Financial institution for Africa Group, and with the work we do on the Tony Elumelu Basis in empowering 1000’s of younger entrepreneurs and constructing the entrepreneurial capability on the continent, I perceive first-hand, the worth and significance of accessible, accessible and correct knowledge in making knowledgeable selections, driving improvement, and creating alternatives.

He added, “The upcoming census is a big milestone in Nigeria’s improvement, because it offers a chance to gather correct and dependable knowledge on the nation’s inhabitants and housing, which can function a significant instrument for policymakers, non-public sector actors, and civil society organisations”.

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