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2023 Census: TechnocratMedia sends FOI request to NPC over N200bn expenditure

TechnocratMedia, an independent online newspaper has sent a freedom of information (FOI) request to National Population Commission (NPC) over N200 billion expenditure.

2023-census-Nigeria. Credit: The Guardian
2023-census-Nigeria. Credit: The Guardian

TechnocratMedia, an independent online newspaper has sent a freedom of information (FOI) request to National Population Commission (NPC) over N200 billion expenditure.

TechnocratMedia sent the letter to the chairperson of the Commission on Friday signed by our founder, Daisi Omokungbe.

Omokungbe said the medium is interested in knowing the details of the expenditure for adequate reportage to Nigerians.

“We bring you greetings from TechnocratMedia, a publication of Technocrat Innovations Plus Ltd—reporting on the implementation of public projects to promote accountability, democratic participation and sustainable development in Nigeria”, the letter reads.

“We would like to acknowledge the commitment and work of your Commission in ensuring the conduct of a credible and acceptable census that is technology-driven, transformational and trans-generational in line with the international best standards, where accountability and transparency play a critical role.

“Last week, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and other news platforms, including ours, published a report on how your Commission has spent Two Hundred Billion Naira (N200,000,000,000.00) in preparation for the 2023 population census before it was postponed by the Federal Government.

“As a media outlet promoting government programmes in the interest of the citizens and the general public. We are humbly requesting the details of how the N200 billion was spent on administrative and operational needs, contracts and procurements, recruitment and training, and other expenditures incurred by your Commission for the purpose of the exercise”, Omokungbe said.

TechnocratMedia’ request

“In line with the provisions of Section 1(1) -(2) and 2(7) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011, we hereby respectfully request the following information from your Commision:

  1. A breakdown describing the scope of projects and activities as well as the amount of funds budgeted and spent for each project and activity;
  2. The date when such projects were awarded and when they are expected to be completed;
  3. The name of companies and consultants involved in the projects; and
  4. Copy of the letter(s) of the award of such contracts.

“These documents should be made available to us via Provisions of the FOI Act mandate public institutions to respond to FOI requests within seven (7) working days of receipt.  

“Be rest assured of our high regard for your office, honourable chairperson” 

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