Actor Yhemolee asks FG not to include them in N869bn census cost
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Yhemo Lee, a socialite and actor, has reacted to the news that the Nigerian government needs N869 billion (about $1.88 billion) to conduct a population and housing census in 2023. In a comic video shared on his Instagram page, he called on the government to cancel the census exercise. He argued that the amount was too high, especially when the government recently spent N355 billion on the 2023 general election. 

The minister of state for budget and national planning, Clement Agba, had announced that the government was seeking donations from Nigerians to fund the census. So far, the government has spent N291.5 billion (about $632 million), which is 46% of the required budget.

He said

“The total requirements for this census, including the post-census activities, is N869 billion, this is about 1.88 billion US dollars.

When you hear the numbers, they really look very huge. Censuses all over the world, the average is between four to six dollars. However, in the United States, they spend $16 per person. In Botswana, they spend about $10 per person. So Nigeria’s $6 per person, you’ll agree with me, is very reasonable.

So far, the government has spent 291.5 billion naira which is $632 million. This is about 46 percent of the requirement for the census. I know this time around we’re not just doing only the population census, we’re also doing a housing census.”

Reacting to the report, Yhemo Lee, in a comic video shared on his Instagram page, urged the federal government to scrap the 2023 census exercise.

According to him, it is not ideal for them to spend that ‘outrageous’ amount when they recently spent N355 billion on the 2023 general election.

Watch him speak below,


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