Nigeria: NPC Insists On Biometrics, Satellite to Conduct 2016 Census


As a complete departure from the 2006 census exercise, the National Population Commission (NPC) said it would ensure that biometric, digital satellite and other information and communication technology (ICT) facilities are deployed in 2016 census in order to avoid loopholes and controversies in previous exercises. The Chairman of the commission, Chief Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), explained in Abuja that this had become expedient in order to use such equipment to facilitate a smooth conduct of the census that is accurate, reliable and devoid of controversies.

On the imperative of conducting the 2016 National Population Census, Duruiheoma stated that: "What is needed is strategic architecture, cutting-edge ICT facilities, biometrics and satellite which will be able to capture human imageries."