Nigerian official complains of biometric duplication costs

23/08/17

Nigeria's government is losing as much as $2 billion annually due to a duplication of biometric collection by government agencies, an Information technology expert has said.

An official of the Information Technology unit of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Jacob Edo, disclosed this during a press conference to herald the launching of a digital transformation book to be held at the Nixon Luxury, Abuja.

The expert pointed out that funds used in the management of infrastructure for the biometrics including the money paid to consultants may have accrued to the lump sum.

Edo lamented the proliferation rate of data collection across the country, disclosing that about 23 agencies of government that are not inter-connected are currently collecting biometrics leading to duplication and multiplication of government effort and policy collision.

He decried the way digital services are rendered in the country as most of the agencies are doing it for themselves and none of them are interconnected, stressing the need for a synergy among the agencies such that data collected would be the same in all the agencies.

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