Nigeria Communications Commission stresses centralized identity database

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has once again emphasized the federal government should consolidate its multiple databases into a single database to reinforce the country’s identity management plan, according to a report by This Day. Tony Ojobo, director of public Affairs at NCC, made the decision while delivering a paper at a public forum organized by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). He said that creating a centralized database for the country would ensure that all Nigerians have easy

Nigeria loses $2b annually to agencies’ duplication of biometrics data collection

A Nigerian information technology expert has revealed that the country’s federal government may be losing $2 billion annually to the duplication of biometric collection by government agencies, according to a report by The Guardian. Jacob Edo, an official of the IT unit of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), said that funds used in the management of biometric infrastructure including the money paid out to consultants may have accumulated to the lump sum. In discussing the proliferation rate of

Nigeria announced as host country for ID4Africa 2018

Abuja, Nigeria will be host to ID4Africa 2018, organization Executive Chairman Dr. Joseph Atick announced during the final day of ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia on Friday. The theme of the event was announced as “Harmonization of Identity Schemes” in response to one of the most frequently debated topics of this year’s forum. ID4Africa is billed as a grass-roots, multi-stakeholder movement in support of the effective and responsible adoption of digital identity systems throughout Africa to empower citizens and facilitate

UN recommends Nigeria combine its biometric platforms to improve efficiency

The UN recommended Nigeria to combine its multiple biometric platforms to improve the overall efficiency, according to a report by Daily Trust. The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, made the recommendation Friday when she received Nigeria’s delegates to the 50th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development in New York. Mohammed said that a central body for the biometrics would help reduce the costs of the current system and make it more manageable. “I would raise one concern

Safran Identity & Security renews biometric ID contract with Nigeria

Safran Identity & Security renewed its service and maintenance contract with the National Identity Management Commission of Nigeria (NIMC), which includes the upgrade of the existing automatic biometric identification system (ABIS). The move comes a couple weeks after Nigeria’s minister of transportation approved a unified biometric identity card for operatives and workers to access any seaport facility in the country in an effort to improve security. The company will provide the NIMC with the new MorphoBSS (Morpho Biometric Search Services),

Nigeria to make biometric ID mandatory for port users, using biometrics for 2018 census

Nigeria’s minister of transportation has approved a unified biometric identity card for operatives and workers to access any seaport facility in the country in an effort to improve security, according to a report by Business Day. Isichei Osamgbi, head of corporate communications of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said in a statement that “it is now compulsory that every port user including workers can only have access into ports on the presentation of the issued unified biometric ID.”

Nigeria to register 16M farmers in biometric database

The Nigerian government said it will register at least 16 million farmers in a new biometric database to enable them to receive benefits from intervention packages during the 2017 cropping season, according to a report by Today. Professor Danbala Danju, the managing director of the Bank of Agriculture, revealed the news while signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for public private partnership (PPP) with Trans-Sahara Consortium, Nigeria. The federal government would ensure that the registered farmers received all the needed

Nigeria capturing biometrics for 2018 census

Nigeria’s Federal Commisioner of the National Population Commission (NPC) has revealed that biometric system technology will be deployed during the 2018 census to capture facial impressions and fingerprints of citizens, according to a report in Leadership. The NPC is determined to use biometrics in the census to prevent people from gaining advantage through manipulation of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) as only persons physically seen will be counted and biometrics taken. “To us in the Commission, the significance of the

Nigerian agency develops solar-powered biometric e-voting machine

Nigeria’s Electronic Development Institute (ELDI) has developed a solar-powered electronic voting machine with facial and thumbprint biometric authentication and a cloud-based storage, according to a report by All Africa. Professor Mohammed Haruna, executive vice chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), which supervises ELDI, presented the EVM to Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology. The e-voting machine includes three identification modes including facial recognition, thumbprint authentication and a card reader. Haruna said the

Nigeria piloting Bio-Metrica’s biometric census registration system

Bio-Metrica has deployed its modular, multi-factor biometric census registration system in a pilot project for Nigeria’s upcoming 2018 population census. The Nigerian government has tasked the National Population Commission to perform the 2018 Census using biometrics in an effort to reduce fraud and ensure proper identification of all citizens. Census takers will use Bio-Metrica developed handheld terminals to remotely enroll and verify the identity of citizens, with or without data connectivity, using both fingerprints and facial impressions. All information will