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Nigerian government begins biometric verification pilot for civil servants


Nigeria’s Kaduna State government has begun a biometric verification pilot for all civil servants in its employment in an effort to provide the government with an accurate record of its personnel numbers, as well as a means of cleaning up its payroll, according to a report by the Premium Times.

The data gathered from the pilot will enable the Kaduna State government figure out whether the billions of naira spent monthly on staff salary are actually being paid to identifiable civil servants, according to a statement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s special assistant on media and publicity.

Head of service Alisabatu Dada Onazi wrote in a letter that the biometric registration pilot will be done simultaneously in the three zones of Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria.

“The circular also specified the order in which the personnel from each ministry are expected to appear for the exercise, and advised that civil servants must bring their letter of appointment, letter of last promotion and means of identification, which should be any of the following: national identity card, driver’s license, permanent voter’s card or international passport,” said the statement.

Onazi also stated that all civil servants should physically appear before the verification team so that they can be screened and their salary cheques for June 2015 can be collected.

Last week, the Kaduna State government signed a memorandum of understanding agreement with United Bank for Africa and Zenith Bank to partner in updating the civil service payroll.

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