Nigeria Computer Society, NCS, has thrown its weight on the recent charge by the Federal government on MDAs to harmonise the collection and usage of biometric data instead of replicating efforts.
NCS stated that the directive by President Buhari is not only welcome but an imperative one considering the huge cost implication biometric exercises have caused taxpayers in the past especially in terms of cost of data acquisition, personnel, storage of acquired data and making such data available.
He added that this is in addition to the general inconveniences to citizens who repeatedly have to queue long hours for registration.
“Therefore it delights us as a Society that this cooperative model of data acquisition but vested in one agency of government is being embraced. It is a right and fundamental step towards a true e-government society and will assist in the fight against crimes when agencies drew data from the same database.
“As the nation may want to recall that in our communiqué aftermath the 11th International Conference and 46th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Society in 2013, we had strongly canvassed as follows: That e-government when properly deployed is able to deliver continuous optimization of service delivery to the citizens thereby engendering the attainment of the Vision 20-20:20 of the Federal Government; That in deploying e-government services, it is imperative to embrace cooperative model of governance which brings together the government, the governed, the civil society, professional bodies and other relevant stakeholders;
“As a stakeholder in the Nigeria project and the umbrella organization of all Information Technology Professionals, Interest Groups and Stakeholders in Nigeria, the Nigeria Computer Society wishes to affirm our support for this directive.
It emphasized on the need to evolve enabling technology and legal framework for storing, protecting and making available the data acquired and to safeguard the privacy of citizens personal identifiable information (PII) such that the data are not in any way use for adversarial purposes.
It however said NCS is ready and willing to render technical assistance and support in the monitoring of the capability deployment of this enviable project.

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