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 that are doing a biometrics on everything; that is not efficient.”
Mohammed’s concerns echo those of Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari, who suggested in 2015 that the country’s National Population Commission could act as a centralized administrator of all collected biometric data. Buhari’s concerns themselves echo those of his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, who had called for the same measure to ameliorate the problem.
Biometric identification has only become more popular in the country over the past year or so, with a major MNO registering customers’ biometrics and the National Association of Nigerian Students enacting a plan to issue biometric ID cards to members. And just this month, Safran announced that it had been contracted to upgrade the National Identity Management Commission of Nigeria’s biometric identification platform.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria
April 7, 2017 – by Alex Perala