January 10, 2013 -
A formal agreement on workforce management biometric registration in hotels and other hospitality outfits is set to be signed between the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), stakeholders in the hotel industry and Orbit Technologies and Investment Limited in Abuja, Leadership.np reports.
Described as the first agreement of its kind in the hospitality industry in West Africa, this new partnership will see an electronic database of biometric details – primarily fingerprints — installed in all hotels in the country, in an attempt to reduce rates of crime in the hospitality sector.
“No foreign investor will come to Nigeria if there are no proper structures in all aspects of our national life and the tourism industry is one of the best and most sensitive industries in the world, hence we must do everything to protect the business and ensure security in the sector,” Director General of NTDC, Otunba Segun Runsewe said.
According to Obit Tech, a pilot project will take place in hotels in Abuja and Lagos before moving to other states in the African country.
This system will also serve as a means to track the movement of hotel workers if they decide to transfer to a different hotel within the country, and will facilitate more comprehensive background checks on new hires form other hotels.