Commission to conduct biometric based census in 2018

Begins enumeration in seven states

The National Population Commission (NPC) has said it would conduct biometric based census in 2018 to eliminate human elements. It said the process was capable of detecting errors and prevent manipulation of the pigeons during the exercise.

Federal Commissioner the NPC in Gombe, Mohammed Bala Magaji, made this known while speaking with journalists at the weekend on the third phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EADs) in Billiri local government area of the state.

He said that the biometric information would capture the facial impression and finger prints of persons for the exercise.The commission has also commenced enumeration in phase three of Ozoro Community in Isoko North local government area of Delta State.

Federal Commissioner in the state, Dr. Tunde Lakoju, told journalists in Ozoro that a 50-person demarcation team had been recruited and are being trained to carry out the exercise in area.

In Oyo State, the third phase of the enumeration exercise would begin at Olorunsogo council area in the Oke-Ogun axis of the state from Monday, February 20, to March 10. Federal Commissioner of the NPC in the state, Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji, said this at a press conference in Ibadan.

Meanwhile, in Anambra State, the exercise would also be carried out in Ekwusigo council area between February 20 and March 10.

Commissioner of the NPC in the state, Prof. Chika Moore, made this known in Awka, the state capital. He explained that the commission had earlier demarcated Awka South council area under phase two of the exercise.

He, however, appealed to members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and their Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) counterparts not to interfere with the exercise. In Cross River State, the exercise will commence on the same date in Etung local government area. Commissioner for Cross River, Mr. Idi Baba Yakubu, said at Effraya that the exercise was the foundation for the census architecture and forms the basis for the planning and execution of the census project.

Also, Federal commissioner of NPC in Kogi State, Alhaji Muhammad Akubo Aikoye, said in Lokoja that the exercise would start on the same date in Ijumu Local Council.

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