Why 2018 Census will be biometric based – FG

The Sokoto State Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission, Barrister Muhammadu Aminu Jason, has explained why the 2018 census will be biometric based.

He explained that the development was aimed at avoiding human errors.

While addressing newsmen in the state on Monday, Jason said, “As a prelude the commission will today (Monday) commence the third phase of Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD, in Illela Local Government Area, LGA of Sokoto State.”

EAD is said to be a process of deploying high calibre technology to divide the landmass of a country into small units that can be easily covered by a team of enumerators during census enumeration.

Jason said, “The significance of the EAD exercise goes beyond the conduct of the 2018 census hence it will be used as an established national data for generating accurate locality list including house numbering for subsequent census.

“The commission had previously demarcated 37 local government areas in all the 36 states of the federation including Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in the previous EAD exercise.

“Nigerians have no reason whatsoever not to believe the outcome of the 2018 census as we are deploying sophisticated technology in carrying out the EAD exercise,” Jason stated.

Recall that the Federal Government, FG, last week released over N775 million for the conduct of EAD exercise ahead of next year’s National Population Commission, NPC census.

The exercise, which is expected to kick off on February 20 and end on March 10, includes the foundation on which the census architecture stands.


2018 Census to Cost N222 Billion

The Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Eze Duruiheoma, says the 2018 national population census is to cost N222 billion.

He said the figure was arrived at after a careful assessment of the imperatives and requirements for the conduct of a truly scientific exercise.

Duruiheoma spoke at the commission’s review workshop of phase 1 and 2 as well as equipping of trainers currently taking place at Akwanga, Nasarawa State.

According to him, “the fund will not be required at once but to be spread over a period of four years.

“We therefore appeal to state and local governments, traditional institution and communities to support the commission in carrying out the 2018 Census EAD by allowing unfettered access to facilities and places to demarcated’’.

The Nigerian Population Census need N222bn to conduct 2018 census.

Nigeria required N222 billion to conduct accurate, reliable and accepted national population and housing census proposed for 2018, the Chairman of the National Population Commission, NPC, Chief Eze Duruiheoma has said.

Chief Duruiheoma, who disclosed this during a session with the members of the Senate Committee on National Identity Cards and National Population Commission, led by its Chairman, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna North) on an oversight visit, said technologies to be deployed into the conduct of the next census exercise are more sophisticated than that of 2006.

Meanwhile, the Senate Committee has urged the National Population Commission to commercialised issuance of birth and birth certificates as well as vita data to private and public sectors with a view to generating revenues.

Chief Duruiheoma explained that the N222 billion budget proposal by the Commission was to cover pre-census, the census, and the post census expenditures.

According to him, for the census which we proposed, I want to give you some background information, in preparing for this census, since 2015, we have regularly hinted that given the resources we will be prepared to do a census in 2016.

And we stated how the resources would be made available top us. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. When that didn’t happen, of course we submitted a budget at that time.
He said when another proposal to conduct the exercise in 2017 couldn’t happen again, we came up with a proposal to hold the census in 2018.

According to him, “The Commission will therefore require the support and guidance of the Senate Committee on Population in order to achieve its mandate of managing Nigeria’s population for sustainable development.

“Adequate and timely release of fund is one critical issue that defines the success or otherwise of a census program. We expect the senate committee to ensure that the funding challenge of the 2018 census is overcome.

“For a nationwide project like the census, there will be the need to put in place appropriate legal regime for its effective execution. The commission looks forward to the senate committee to ensure that required legislations on the next census are passed.

“Specifically, the commission will require the support of the senate committee in ensuring that periodic conduct of the population censuses in Nigeria is included in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The task of mobilising the stakeholders and the general public against the background of public apathy and stereotypes can indeed be a daunting task. There will be the need to involve role models and goodwill ambassadors in the census campaign.

“The commission will count on the distinguished senators as opinion leaders to deploy their immense goodwill in enrolling the support of key government functionaries, traditional institution, civil society groups, religious bodies and indeed the generality of Nigerians for the census.”

The NPC Chairman also informed the Committee of the intention of the commission to convene a national summit on the next census in the first quarter of 2017, explained, “The objective of the summit is to deepen national understanding and imperatives for the conduct of the next census and solicit the cooperation and support of stakeholders it its successful conduct.”

In its remarks, the Senate Committee members advised that, given the precarious economic situation in the country, the management of the population commission should approach the international donor agencies to seek more fund to execute the 2018 census exercise.

Senate Tells Buhari To Conduct Census In 2018

The Senate on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to set machinery in motion to conduct housing and population census in 2018.

Emanating from a motion by Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi, at plenary on Tuesday in Abuja, the senate also urged the government to make adequate provision of fund for the exercise.

Motion the motion entitled “A call for The Federal Government to Expedite Action on the Planned 2018 National Census”, Hunkuyi reminded the government of constitutional provision for conduct of census.

He recalled that the last census was conducted in 2006 during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and said that by the 10-year provision for the exercise to be conducted, it out to be in this year.

He said that delay in the issuance of a proclamation by President Buhari and poor release of funds to the National Population Commission (NPoPC), were major setbacks to conduct of the exercise.

Hunkuyi said that in accordance with best international practices, a well planned and executed population census should take a minimum of two years.

“It is only pertinent that subsequent population census should be carried out within an adequate timing and an objective of conducting an acceptable exercise.

“Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), NPoPC, Ministry of Budget and National Planning and other supervising agencies must make adequate provision in 2017 budget as critical prerequisite to achieving 2017/2018 population census,” he said.

Sen. John Enoh, in his contribution, reiterated the need for relevant government agencies to include the total cost of conducting the census in the 2017 budget.

He stressed that the Federal Government should adhere to the United Nations provision that censuses should be conducted every 10 years.

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Nigeria Releases Census Of Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Other Livestock In Country

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh on Thursday released a census of livestock in the country.

Mr. Ogbeh spoke at a news conference in Abuja.

He said the 2011 National Agricultural Sample Survey indicated that Nigeria was endowed with an estimated 19.5 million cattle, 72.5 million goats, 41.3 million sheep, 7.1 million pigs and 28,000 camels.

Accordingly, the minister said the country had 145 million chickens, 11.6 million ducks, 1.2 million turkeys and 974, 499 donkeys.

Mr. Ogbeh said this impressive statistics which had made Nigeria number one in livestock in Africa had not met the national demand of animal protein or contributed to the GDP over the years.

He decried the low milk production in Nigeria as a cow produced one litre of milk a day while a cow in Saudi Arabia or Brazil produced 30 to 40 litres.

“Saudi Arabia produces 4.7 million litres of milk daily while Nigeria imports about 1.3 billion dollar worth of milk annually to make up deficit.

The minister said of all the enterprise in the livestock sector, only the poultry industry had achieved an appreciable level of commercialization.

 Mr. Ogbeh said other industries in the livestock sector were predominantly in the hands of subsistence farmers with pastoralist system of production contributing over 90 per cent of cattle production in the country.

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Balarabe Musa Urges Hitch-Free National Census In 2016

Alhaji Balarabe Musa, National Chairman of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), has called for a hitch-free national census in 2016.


The former Kaduna State Governor made the call in a telephone interview on Thursday.


He recalled that the previous exercises had been marred by controversies and stressed the need for the forthcoming national census to be done with efficiency and in the overall interest of good governance.


“There is need for a national census. It is an essential thing for the proper administration of the affairs of the country.

“Proper administration of the affairs of the country requires to know how many people we are.’’


Balarabe stressed that it was only through a census that development projections could be arrived at.


“This is very necessary for planning purposes, how to plan to take care of the welfare of the people in particular.

“Unfortunately, we have never held a reliable and acceptable census in this country and one of our problem is how we can have accurate, reliable and accessible census for the purpose of planning.

“Every census is disputed. I hope we can now have a census which is not disputed.

“But then, if we cannot avoid unnecessary dispute, if we cannot get a realistic census, it is better we pay attention to other problems.’’


NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had, in August 2015, said that Nigeria would require a total of N273 billion to successfully conduct 2016 national census.


Nigeria held its last census in March 2006.



NPC Rules Out Possibility Of Census In 2016

The National Population Commission (NPC) on Thursday said the conduct of a comprehensive National Census in 2016 is not feasible due to factors beyond the commission.

Addressing a media forum in Abuja, the Federal Commissioner representing Enugu State on the Board of the Commission, Dr Festus Uzor, said the commission needs more time to prepare for the census as it requires 1.1 million enumerators and over 50, 000 supervisors to effectively cover the country.

He said the earliest feasible time for the census will be in 2017twenty-seventeen.

Dr Uzor, therefore, appealed to Nigerians and the federal government to support the National Population Commission? in its effort to conduct a credible population census that will be generally acceptable by all.

The commission had earlier made known its intention to adopt the use of bio-metric data technology for the 2017 population and housing census.
The technology will involve the capturing of facial impression and fingerprints of respondents.

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2016 Census To Cost N273bn As Buhari Orders Govt Agencies To Harmonize Biometrics

The 2016 national population census will cost N273bn, with N10bn needed urgently to ensure the fidelity of the process. Chairman, National Population Commission, NPC, Eze Duru Iheoma, SAN, who led other National Commissioners to the Presidential Villa yesterday, stated this in his operational briefing to President Muhammadu Buhari. Curiously, only about N4bn is allocated for the purpose in the 2015 budget.

Consequently, as part of measures to ensure cost-effective governance, President Buhari has charged government agencies to harmonise collection and usage of biometric data in the country.

The president wondered why each agency would gather its own biometric data, when such data could easily be shared.

He said: “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.”

Several government organisations that currently collect biometric data include the National Population Commission, NPC, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, 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.

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