Of Ndubuissi Orji, Abuja
The The House of Representatives polled the national population Commission (NPC) on N1.9 billion spent on the stakeholders highs across the country ahead of the 2023 population and housing census.
Its population committee raised the issue when NPC Chairman Nasir Isa Kwarra appeared before it to defend the agency’s 2023 budget proposal.
The lawmakers also asked the commission to provide them with details of the mock census conducted recently.
The NPC has also been tasked with providing details of the N5.2 billion spent on the mock census, giving a state-by-state breakdown.
The APN boss was represented by Federal Commissioner representing Kastina State, Bala Banye at the meeting.
A member of the committee, Chudy Momah, observed that the N1.9 billion was not captured in the document submitted to the committee by the NPC. He said it was imperative that the commission provide parliament with details of all its expenditures.
Says Momah: “In addition to the detailed expense model we request, I propose that the Commission provide this committee with a separate document that explains the pattern of expenditures for this presidential summit held at the Villa and those held in the 36 states and how much was spent at each level, at the level of the , area, local.
“And also for the mock census trial. They should also provide the expenditure pattern of the 5.2 billion naira spent on the mock census, detailing it state by state. So we can know the details and how much was spent at the state level.
Another committee member, Gboluga Ikengbogu, in a motion called on lawmakers to reject the APN’s 2022 performance report until full details of expenditures have been provided.
“The performance of the 2022 budget cannot be accepted now. The commission needs to go back and provide more details. We cannot sit here and speculate on numbers and taxpayers’ money,” he said.
The motion was adopted by the committee.