Reps urge FG to harmonize biometric database


The National Identity Management Commission has been mandated by the House of Representatives to coordinate the harmonization of biometric data of Nigerians.

The Green Chamber has also urged the Federal government to collate the number of birth and death of persons in local government areas of the country.

A motion sponsored by a member, Hon. Ochiglegor Idagbo (PDP, Cross Rivers) at plenary yesterday titled “Call for the harmonization of Biometric Data of Nigerian Citizens” resulted in the resolutions of the House.

While moving the motion, the lawmaker said biometric data gathering have been separately initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Commission, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the National Pension Commission, Independent National Electoral Commission, the National Health Insurance Scheme, the National Population Commission, Telecom Service Providers and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

This, he said, has led to duplicity of efforts due to lack of coordination, resulting in multiple agencies storing the same biometric data.

His words: “The harmonization of biometric databases of the agencies of Government and private entities will help in saving about N40 billion in operational cost and citizens will not be required to have their biometrics taken over and over again by different agencies working for the same Government.”

According to him, through the harmonization of the biometric data of their citizens.

Several countries of the world like the United States, Canada, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, among others have achieved great outcomes in economic development and crime prevention detection and fighting.

Support for the motion came from members like Hassan Saleh (APC, Benue), Chris Azubuogwu (PDP, Anambra), among who argued that it will help the country to plan economically and in terms of security

There is the need to ensure the implementation of policy in achieving the data harmonization, a member, Chukwuemeka Ujam (PDP, Enugu) said in his contribution.

The motion was passed by a majority vote when the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara called for a voice vote and was subsequently referred to the Committee on Population and Governmental Affairs

The committee was mandated to ensure implementation and report its findings back to the House in six weeks for further legislative action.


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