NewsNigeriaPoliticsAfenifere calls on FG to deploy biometric system in census exercise

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Afenifere, Yoruba socio-cultural organisation has called on the Federal Government to deploy a biometric system during the planned national census.

It also called for the deployment of anti-terrorism devices and motivation of security personnel in the fight against terrorism, as contained in the communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting held at the residence of its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti on Wednesday.

The communique read, “After carefully reviewing the present situation on social, economic, security and political situation in Nigeria, particularly in Yorubaland, Afenifere called on all the state governors in the zone to improve regional co-operation in order to enhance the standard of living of our people.

“We note the plan by the Federal Government to unify various forms of official identification processes in Nigeria and commended the initiative. We reiterate the need to employ the use of Biometric System in the planned census exercise.

“We observed that the system worked well as used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the purpose of registering people for the Voters Cards. We recommend this because of our belief that it would considerably reduce the avalanche of anomalies usually associated with head-counting exercises in the past.

Afenifere appealed to the government and Labour leaders to engage more in consultation to quickly resolve the issues surrounding the fuel subsidy removal and the attendant difficulties Nigerians are facing.

The organisation called on the government to redouble its efforts in finding a lasting solution to the intractable problem of exchange rate in order to bring succour to the teeming population of our people, in no distant future.

On insecurity and banditry, Afenifere called on the Federal Government and Security Agencies to be more decisive and more pro-active, recommended immediate deployment of anti-terrorism devices and proper motivation of security personnel.

It called for engagement of local leaders in areas where insecurity is rife. “Reports have it that leaders in those areas are somehow complicit in how bandits succeed in their nefarious activities.

“Deliberate efforts are made to get the youths gainfully engaged so as to make them unavailable for anti-social and inhuman activities.

“Cases of banditry and terrorism be discharged expeditiously. Perpetrators of banditry are made to pay heavy prices.

Afenifere condemned the avoidable and unwarranted incident that took place at Iseyin, where former President Olusegun Obasanjo commanded Royal Fathers at the gathering to stand up.

According to Afenifere to ensure the survival of Yoruba language as the most important element of Yoruba culture, Yoruba should be the medium of instruction from primary one It reaffirmed support for the current government led by President Bola Tinubu, and called on well-meaning Nigerians to support the government in the onerous task of resuscitating the economy and improve the quality of life of citizens.

“It should become a compulsory subject for every pupil in Primary School and for every student in secondary schools,” Afenifere stated.

By Uzoamaka Ikezue (Staff Reporter)

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