President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in
Abuja charged government agencies to
harmonize the collection and usage of
biometric data in the country, instead of
replicating their efforts in this regard.
After receiving a briefing on the activities of
the National Population Commission from the
Chairman, Eze Duru Iheoma (SAN), who led
other National Commissioners to the
Presidential Villa, President Buhari wondered
why each agency would gather its own
biometric data, when such data could easily
be shared.
“It will be more cost effective if you work
together. It helps even the credibility of the
election process, as Nigerians of voting age
can be identified easily,” the President said.
Government organizations that currently
collect biometric data include the National
Population Commission, National Identity
Management Commission, Federal Road Safety
Commission, Independent National Electoral
Commission, among others.
President Buhari added that all the agencies
should work collaboratively, instead of going
in different directions, stressing that adequate
data was necessary for planning and
development in any country.
Eze Duru Iheoma had briefed the President on
what will be required for the commission to
conduct a national census next year, 10 years
after the last exercise, as stipulated by the
United Nations.
A national population census, the chairman
said, would cost about N273 billion, while
about N10 billion of the amount would be
needed immediately.
He told the President that a biometric-based
census was being proposed because it will
eliminate multiple respondents, and ghost
respondents, while making the outcome easy
to audit.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)


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