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Breaking News 2016 census to cost N273 billion

indexNational Population Commission, NPC in preparetion for the next national census, has revealed that the commission would require a total of N273 billion to conduct a successful census come next year.
This came as responce to President Mohammadu Buhari’s charge to the Commission (NPC) , National Identity Management Commission, Federal Road Safety Commission, Independent National Electoral Commission, among others to ensure the harmony of the biometric data of all Nigerians.
According to the president, the harmonized system would cut cost and also give credibility to the country’s electoral process.
Buhari, after receiving a briefing on the activities of the National Population Commission from the Chairman, Eze Duru Iheoma (SAN), wondered why the agencies data are not collective.
“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
He emphasized that all the agencies should on the aspect of the data collection work unanimously instead of going in different directions, stressing that adequate data was necessary for planning and development in any country.
Iheoma, who led other national commisions to a meeting with Mr. President at the Presidential Villas, told the President that about N273 billion would be required for the commission to conduct a national census next year, 10 years after the last exercise, as stipulated by the United Nations, saying that about N10 billion of the amount would be needed immediately.
The NPC chairman told the President that the commission intends to introduce biometric-based census to help eliminate multiple respondents, ghost respondents and make the outcome easy to audit.

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