2018 Census will not Be manipulated, Says Population Commission


By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

The National Population Commission (NPC) on Wednesday in Enugu said it has devised strategies that will help in eliminating all forms of manipulations in the 2018 census, even as it appealed to the federal government to ensure that all the necessary funds meant for the exercise are released in good time.

The commission said since the 2018 census will be biometric-based and will seek to capture the facial impression and fingerprints of persons during the exercise, any hope of gaining advantage through manipulation of the area demarcation will be an illusion as only persons physically seen will be counted and biometrics taken.

Briefing newsmen at the commission’s headquarters in Enugu as part of activities for the commencement of field work for the third phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in Aninri Local Government Area preparatory for next year’s census, the NPC Federal Commissioner in the state, Dr Festus Uzor, said the commission has already come up with a scientific approach which would eliminate human errors during the census.

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