ByÂ Prince Osuagwu
The need to deliver efficient and reliable identification solutions within the reach of every Nigerian has been identified as one of the primary reasons for the ongoing development of large-scale infrastructure by Chams Plc.Â
Speaking at a recent visit by the management of the firm to National Identity Management Commission, the Managing Director, Chams Plc., Mr. Demola Aladekomo, said the firm, as a long-time partner of NIMC, wanted to ensure that its partnership with the commission was a success. He explained that this informed the decision by the firm to build several sites where Nigerians could easily find solution to their identity needs.
It will be recalled that Chams Plc is one of the two firms that are expected to implement the registration of Nigerians in a new national identity card scheme of the federal government.
The firm is currently developing and deploying various infrastructure which fit into the identity projects of the government.
Among these projects are ChamsCity sites, which consist of several hundreds of computers that possess identity applications including biometrics. The firm is also deploying 40,000 point-of-transaction terminals which also have provisions to do human data capture. Also, Chams has built a card production plant in Abuja, which is reputed to be the largest in the world, given its capacity to produce a million cards daily.
Aladekomo said at the end of 2009, the infrastructure being put together by Chams could handle the registration of 7,000 individuals at the same time and also offer other services to users. He added that once work had been completed in the other sites being planned, the data capture capacity of the firm would be greatly enhanced.
The Chairman, Chams Plc, Prof. Adebayo Akinde said at the event that the firm had identified the new ID card project as one of great importance to Nigeri, adding that it was very critical to the countryâ€™s success.He said Chams would give the project the very best to ensure its success Meanwhile investi-gations by our correspondent, ongoing work at various new ChamsCity sites are nearing completion and the development could see Chams Plc commissioning additional five of such locations across various cities in the country before the end of 2009.
Currently, the firm has two Chamscity locations in Lagos and Abuja which are already serving various purposes across in the economy.Â Each of the locations has 1024 computers and they have also been identified and certified as the largest digital malls in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Chamscity locations are purpose-built sites that serve as one stop shops for various use including internet cafÃ©, large-scale data processing, recruitment testing, human resource development, professional examinations and computer-based competition and games.