Nigeria

Nigerian Gov’t Looks to Biometrics to Help Flooding Victims

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…

Nigerian Authorities Opt for Integrated Biometrics Tech in Financial Inclusion Effort

Nigerian Authorities Opt for Integrated Biometrics Tech in Financial Inclusion Effort

Integrated Biometrics technology could play an important role in a government-backed effort to extend financial inclusion in Nigeria. The company has announced that, together with document digitization specialist Papersoft and the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), it has been enfolded into the country’s Financial Inclusion Strategy. The program is aimed at extending financial services access…

Nigerian Gov’t to Require Biometric Registration of Security Guards

Nigerian Gov’t to Require Biometric Registration of Security Guards

“The position echoes that of Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. AbdulRahman Danbazau, who recently revealed that the federal government was planning to use biometric data to register and monitor foreign visitors to Nigeria.” The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) is preparing to register the biometrics of all private security guards in the…

Nigerian Officials Registering Foreigners’ Biometrics

Nigerian Officials Registering Foreigners’ Biometrics

“The collection of biometric data is a common practice for government authorities in Nigeria…” Nigeria’s federal government is using biometrics to monitor foreigners in the country. As AllAfrica reports, the revelation came by way of Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. AbdulRahman Danbazau at a panel discussion held during the opening of the International Press Institute…

UN Agency Uses Biometrics to Assist Cameroonian Refugees in Nigeria

UN Agency Uses Biometrics to Assist Cameroonian Refugees in Nigeria

The UN’s refugee agency will continue to register the biometrics of Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria, the organization says. In an update concerning a recent visit of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative Antonio Jose Canhandula to border regions in Nigeria, the organization says that Canhandula spoke with local authorities to determine how Cameroonian refugees…

Central Bank of Nigeria Plans for Biometric ATMs

Central Bank of Nigeria Plans for Biometric ATMs

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is planning to replace PINs with biometric scans at ATMs, suggest comments made at this year’s Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum. The news was broken by Dipo Fatokun, the event’s Chairman, who suggested that the biometric authentication will result from the implementation of a Bank Verification Number for individual consumers.…

Government Applications Month: 3 Biometric ID Programs in Practice

Government Applications Month: 3 Biometric ID Programs in Practice

All over the world national governments are turning to biometrics for civil ID. Successful large scale implementations of biometrics-based national ID are emboldening countries – from the Philippines to France – to register their citizens for reasons as far ranging as naked payments and financial inclusion, to digital democracy and national security. This week, for…

OPEC Development Official Becomes Latest to Decry Biometric Data Inefficiency in Nigeria

OPEC Development Official Becomes Latest to Decry Biometric Data Inefficiency in Nigeria

An IT expert with the OPEC Fund for International Development has become the latest official to decry duplication and overlap in Nigerian authorities’ collection of citizens’ biometric data, reports The Guardian. Speaking at a press conference, the official, Jacob Edo, said that Nigeria’s federal government could be losing as much as $2 billion annually due…

United Nations Official Calls on Nigeria to Centralize Biometrics Management

United Nations Official Calls on Nigeria to Centralize Biometrics Management

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed called on the Nigerian government to centralize its collection of citizens’ biometric data, reports News Agency of Nigeria. Mohammed raised the issue with Nigerian delegates at a session of the UN Commission on Population and Development in New York, telling them that the country has “a multiplicity of platforms…

Safran to Upgrade Nigerian Biometric ID Program

Safran to Upgrade Nigerian Biometric ID Program

“The contract extension comes soon after news that Nigerian authorities were planning to use biometrics in a nationwide census…” Africa’s most populous country is getting a biometric upgrade from Safran Identity & Security. The company has announced that the National Identity Management Commission of Nigeria (NIMC) has renewed its contract with Safran and is proceeding…

Nigerian Authorities to Register Citizens’ Biometrics in 2018 Census

Nigerian Authorities to Register Citizens’ Biometrics in 2018 Census

“[Bio-Metrica is] going to provide handheld devices that can collect citizens’ fingerprint and facial biometrics, and its CRS is going to be used to manage that data.” Authorities in Nigeria are planning to employ biometrics in a nationwide census, and Bio-Metrica is providing the technology platform, the company has announced. The country’s National Population Commission…

Invixium Case Study Shows Importance of Intangibles in Biometric Deployments

Invixium Case Study Shows Importance of Intangibles in Biometric Deployments

A deployment at a Shell oil refinery demonstrates the value of Invixium’s biometric access control technology. In a case study on the latter’s website, the company explores its benefits for a complex deployment environment. The refinery, located in Nigeria, is subject to ‘harsh environmental conditions’, according to Invixium, and features 53 access points seeing traffic…

Nigerian Students to Get Biometric ID Cards

Nigerian Students to Get Biometric ID Cards

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is preparing to issue a biometric ID card, reports the Nigerian Tribune. Called the Nigerian Students Uniform Identification Card, or NSUID, it’s going to be issued to students both at home and in tertiary institutions abroad. NANS says its aim is to curb the issuance of fake IDs…

Border Control & National ID Month: 4 National ID Programs And Their Benefits

Border Control & National ID Month: 4 National ID Programs And Their Benefits

June is Border Control & National ID Month at FindBiometrics, in which we are examining the biggest, most ambitious identity tech deployments around the globe as they develop and protect the nations of the world. Last week we looked at the ways that a multimodal approach to border control is best suited to serve the international…

Banks’ Biometric Authentication Helps Nigerian Gov’t Catch Fraudsters

Banks’ Biometric Authentication Helps Nigerian Gov’t Catch Fraudsters

DERMALOG is celebrating its success in helping the Nigerian government to cut payroll fraud. Last spring, the Nigerian government waged an anti-corruption campaign, which it now says led to the discovery of 23,000 instances of ghost employees and other payroll fraud in the public service, with fully seven percent of those audited drawing multiple salaries…

“I’M Alive” Program to Register Lagos Pensioners’ Biometrics

“I’M Alive” Program to Register Lagos Pensioners’ Biometrics

The Lagos government is preparing to use biometric identification for its pension payments. The bluntly titled “I’M Alive” initiative is intended to prevent disbursement issues related to double-payments and fraud. The civil Service Pensions Office is now seeking to register all pensioners’ fingerprint biometric data through 16 facilities scattered throughout the state. Eligible citizens need…

MTN Nigeria Begins Efforts to Register User Biometrics

MTN Nigeria Begins Efforts to Register User Biometrics

MTN Nigeria, a division of the mobile telecommunications company MTN Group, is embarking upon a major project to register the biometrics of its customers. The move is reportedly in response to urging from the Nigeria Communications Commission, a regulatory body that has criticized the mobile operator for failing to deactivate the accounts of about 5.4 million…

Nigeria Implements Biometrics To Track Youth Service

Nigeria Implements Biometrics To Track Youth Service

Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps is implementing a biometric attendance tracking system to ensure that its members are working when and where their duties have been assigned. The system will rely on thumbprint scanning for member authentication. The NYSC performs an important duty in the country, having been established to help the country heal after the…

DERMALOG Named African Biometrics Company of the Year

DERMALOG Named African Biometrics Company of the Year

Market analysis firm Frost & Sullivan has recognized German biometrics manufacturer DERMALOG with the 2015 African Biometrics Company of the Year Award. The distinction comes on the heels of Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis of the biometric products market. The award was granted to DERMALOG because of its prominence on the continent, particularly in Nigeria…

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