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Census: Why Tinubu must include biometric data – Iyantan

A former Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission (NPC), Prince Diran Iyantan has asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to include biometric data gathering in the 2024 census process.

Iyantan, also urged the President to complete the census processes initiated by former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Iyantan who stated this in Akure, noted that the inclusion of biometric data gathering in the 2024 census would ensure that everyone counted is truly accounted for through biometric tracking data systems.

Also, “the inclusion of biometric data gathering would enable the country to update its census figures periodically without having to conduct the entire exercise of national headcount all over again.

“With the press of a button, the country would be able to access the data of any citizen with biometric watertight identification,” he explained

He said embracing science and technology in our census exercise is not only a matter of efficiency but also a crucial step towards the development and progress of our great nation.

The former commissioner said he was committed to championing this cause and called on all stakeholders to join him in advocating for the inclusion of biometric data gathering in the 2024 census.

He, however, commended the federal government, for its unwavering commitment to completing the census exercise initiated by former President Buhari.

He said the exercise required significant financial resources, noting that its completion is essential to justify the investment made thus far.

According to him “I believe President Tinubu must take the census project to a higher level by incorporating scientific methodologies into the data collection process.

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“While the commission has already deployed state-of-the-art technology for data collection, we have not fully embraced the power of science in gathering data through biometric technology.”

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