Nigerian Gov’t Looks to Biometrics to Help Flooding Victims

“Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency is deploying automated biometric identification systems to camps housing the displaced individuals, with officials currently training government staff.”

With heavy rains having caused serious flooding across rural areas in Nigeria earlier this year, the country’s government is looking to biometric technology to help identify displaced persons.

According to a government announcement, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency is deploying automated biometric identification systems to camps housing the displaced individuals, with officials currently training government staff.

In its announcement, the Nigerian government did not specify what kinds of biometrics will be tracked, nor did it name the supplier of the biometric identification system. But it did assert that a Search and Rescue official had attested during staff training that the system was “aimed [at] ensuring accountability, probity and transparency in the management of the flood intervention.”

Biometric technology is quite popular among government agencies in Nigeria, with the central government having come under criticism from OPEC and UN officials over its lack of centralization and duplicate registration efforts. But the United Nations’ refugee agency has also championed the use of biometrics for the identification of displaced persons, offering strong reliability for individuals who may have lost – or never been issued – official identity documents.

Sources: ReliefWeb, BBC News

December 12, 2018 – by Alex Perala