The Uganda National Bureau of Statistics needs over Shs100 billion to conduct the National Population Census scheduled for 15 August next year.
While updating the Parliamentary Committee of Finance on the progress of census, the Executive Director Uganda National Bureau of Statistics, John Male Mukasa, presented a request for a supplementary budget worth Shs25 billion meant for the preparation of the census before it was postponed.
Mr. Mukasa said that this financial year 2011/2012 the bureau received only shs7.8 billion out of the shs33.3 billion which was needed for the preparations ahead of the exercise as earlier scheduled for August this year.
He also added that the bureau will need another Shs86 billion in the next financial year 2013/2014 to cater for the full implementation of the population Census.
The MPs sitting on the Committee expressed concern that an arrangement should have been done to ensure that the country takes advantage of the population Census exercise to issue out National Identity cards as well.
The MPs also said that it would be cost effective and save the tax payers’ money, if the same data collected during the census is used to issue out National Identity Cards to which Mr. Mukasa insisted that it is not the mandate of the UBOS to handle the issuance of the National IDs.