The National Population Commission (NPC) says it has spent about N200 billion to prepare for the 2023 population and housing census.
This is part of the N800 billion it expected from the Federal Government as total budget, including cost of more than five years preparation.
Its Executive Chairman, Alhaji Nasir Kwarra, made the declaration at a breakfast meeting with media executives in Abuja on Thursday.
Kwarra said the cost of conducting digital census was high considering the procurement of equipment and data required for the exercise.
He said the Commission recruited about one million personnel in a bid to conduct a credible and acceptable digital census.
He reiterated its commitment to a credible and acceptable census and urged the media to sustain the tempo of publicity.
“It is important to sustain the tempo of the preparation for the census. The focus of the Commission is to lay a foundation for future censuses,’’ he said.
Dr Inuwa Jalingo, Census Manager, stated that the Commission worked round-the-clock to conduct a digital census.
Jalingo said the NPC already set up a robust quality dashboard and data for a credible census.
In his remarks, Dr Isiaka Yahaya, Director, Public Affairs Department at the NPC, also called on the media to continue to emphasise to the public the imperatives of conducting censuses.
Yahaya noted that advocacy and publicity were critical to making the census successful.