Road Safety ‘ready to harmonise biometric data’ with NIMC amid Buhari’s order

Road Safety ‘ready to harmonise biometric data’ with NIMC amid Buhari’s order

Road Safety ‘ready to harmonise biometric data’ with NIMC amid Buhari’s order

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have said they are now set to jointly harmonise captured biometric data of drivers in Nigeria, in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive.
The obviously embarrassed President recently told all government agencies that collect and use biometric information of Nigeria to ‘harmonise the data captured’ amid disparate identity silos by various public sector agencies.
According to the President, government agencies need to harmonise collection and use of biometric data of Nigerians they have collected rather than replicating their efforts.

 

[blockquote right=”pull-right”]“The obviously embarrassed President recently told all government agencies that collect and use biometric information of Nigeria to ‘harmonise the data captured’ amid disparate identity silos by various public sector agencies.” [/blockquote]

Road Safety ‘ready to harmonise biometric data’ with NIMC amid Buhari’s order

Chris Onyemenam, the Director-General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), on the right speaks with President Muhammadu Buhari, during the biometric data capture of the President in Abuja
He said this in Abuja this month after receiving a briefing on the activities of the National Population Commission from the Chairman, Eze Duru Iheoma (SAN), who led other National Commissioners to the Presidential Villa, according to an official State House statement.
During the visit by the NPC team, the President expressed surprise that each agency has to gather its own biometric data when such data could easily be shared.
“It will be more cost – effective, if you work together. It helps even the credibility of the election process as Nigerians of voting age can be identified easily,” the President Buhari told the visiting NPC team.
According to the President, “the government organizations which currently collect biometric data include: the National Population Commission, National Identity Management Commission, Federal Road Safety Commission and Independent National Electoral Commission, among others.”
Road Safety ‘ready to harmonise biometric data’ with NIMC amid Buhari’s order
Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, says the agency is ready ‘for initial technical aspects of data harmonization.’
Buhari wants agencies to work collaboratively, instead of going in different directions, stressing that adequate data is necessary for planning and development in any country.
Following Buhari’s directive, NIMC and FRSC says they are now ready to harmonise data of national driver’s licence collected “in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on August 10 2015, to all agencies involved in collection and usage of biometric data in Nigeria to harmonize the data captured.”
Chris Onyemenam, the Director-General of NIMC, who announced the plan that came out of a courtesy call on Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, according to a statement released by the ID management agency of Nigeria.
Both government agencies released a joint statement confirming their intentions to comply with the President’s directive saying the new National e-ID Card will deliver benefits to both government and the citizens.
On his part, the FRSC chief assured NIMC that the agency was ready for “immediate talks and take-off of the initial technical aspects for the data harmonization.”
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