Nigeria has concluded plans to conduct a national population census in 2016, the National Population Commission chairman, Eze Duru Iheoma (SAN) has told President Muhammadu Buhari.
Iheoma told Buhari that the census would cost about N273 billion, while about N10 billion of the amount would be needed immediately to begin preparations for next year’s count.
Iheoma who led other National Commissioners to the Presidential Villa 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.
He briefed the President on what will be required for the commission to conduct a national census next year, adding that, its 10 years after the last exercise, as stipulated by the United Nations.
A statement issued by Buhari’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, did not however state if the President has given the NPC all clear to conduct the census as proposed.