The National Population Commission, NPC, has commenced a comprehensive biometric capturing of all Nigerians, with a view to allocating every Nigerian number that would be associated with him or her from birth to death, this the commission believes will curtail insurgency and other criminal challenges confronting the country.
Disclosing this in Abuja, Chairman, NPC, Chief Festus Odimegwu said the biometric capturing would also be applied to all people resident in Nigeria.
According to him, the biometric identification would help to streamline the large and uncontrolled influx of foreigners into the country and reduce the scope of kidnapping, armed robbery and Boko Haram sect’s activities in the country.
“We are going to do for the first time in Nigeria a comprehensive biometric census. To record all Nigerians, their biometrics, give them one number that will follow them from birth to death,” he said.
Nigerians have been commenting on the biometric capturing embarked on by the NPC with many saying they wonder what the duty of National Identity Management Commission, NIMC is if the NPC will be the one allocating identification numbers to Nigerians.