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NPC proposes N400bn for census in 2022

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NPC proposes N400bn for census in 2022
Efforts by the National Assembly to pass the 2022 budget of N16.39trillion this week as earlier planned, have hit the brick-walls as the financial requirements for the 2023 general elections, are yet to be presented to both legislative chambers by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
This is as the National Population Commission, NPC declared that the census slated for next year would cost N400billion.
Specifically, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Senator Jibrin Barau (APC Kano North), held a special session with a view to receiving the requirement details on the 2023 general elections from INEC, but the inability of its chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu to appear, thwarted the efforts.
Yakubu’s representative, who is a commissioner in INEC, Alhaji Zuru Abdulrahman Abdul told the committee members that only the chairman of the electoral umpire could give the requirement details needed by them.
“Mr. chairman and members of this distinguished committee, we have listened to you and appreciate the concern on funding the 2023 general elections as regards the need to capture some of the projected expenses in the 2022 budget.
“But such financial details can only be given by our chairman who is presently abroad and billed to return on Sunday or Monday morning.
“So, in the light of this, financial details requested for shall be made available on Monday next week,” Abdul explained.
Consequently, the chairman of the committee, Senator Jibrin Barau ruled for adjournment of the session to Monday next week.
In a brief media chat with journalists thereafter, he said the latest development will not make passage of the 2022 budget this week possible.
“2023 general elections and projected national head counts slated for next year are very important (and this is) the reason we want to make provisions for them in the 2022 budget.
“As a result of the importance of the two, passage of 2022 budget will no longer be possible this week as earlier planned and clearly stated on our time table,” Senator Barau stressed.
In the time table released in October, report on the budget supposed to have been laid by the Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 and passage fixed for Wednesday or Thursday this week.
In line with Senator Barau’s disclosure to journalists, the Senate at the end of its session yesterday adjourned to Tuesday, December 21, strongly indicating that the budget may be laid, considered and passed that day, signalling a week behind schedule.
Meanwhile, the NPC chairman, Alhaji Nasir Isa Kwarra told the committee that the total estimate cost for the national census slated for next year is N400billion
The committee at the end of the session said submission gotten from NPC will be added to the expected one from INEC on Monday next week as part of report to be laid before the Senate for consideration and passage.
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