Over time, development planners have linked the bane of Nigeria to planning without adequate statistics. The country has been struggling to keep track of basic information and data of its citizens and residents which could be used for socio-economic planning and development purposes. This lack of reliable grass root data and information infrastructure according to experts, has led to some inadequacies in the realization of given government policies and international objectives.
Against this backdrop, Dermo Impex, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company based in Italy has developed a Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria, otherwise known as BRISIN, to provide the fundamental infrastructure for information flow right from the grassroots to the national level. The company believes this will put Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dermo Impex Nigeria Limited Mr. Anthony Uwa told Vanguard Homes & Property that BRISN is an integrated data and information management system designed to capture and manage socio-economic data and information dissemination in all the wards, local governments, and states in the country, adding that it will create over seventy million jobs for the people.
“Based on the experience of Italy, BRISIN will be able to create employment at the grass root level through establishment of documentation centres in all wards which can the employment of millions of Nigerians. The project is a grass root data and information infrastructure, adopted to ameliorate the management of the institutions in all aspects, it updates the demographic, geographic and economic data and information on every single citizen, enterprise and organisation with any social and economic relevance in the country” he said.
According to him, BRISIN will regularly and continuously integrate all the territorial, economic and social data, As well as provide a strong and dependable platform for monitoring, planning and propelling the affairs and development of the nation.
To this end, Uwa said the project will serve as a reference point, and information repository for development planning and management of the economy hence it will assist the National Population Commission (NPC), the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as assist government at all levels obtain data and information for administrative purposes.
He is optimistic that information provided through BRISIN will be used in the control of population growth, immigration and emigration rates, crime waves and patterns, birth and death rates, revenue flows, economic growth rates at all levels of governance, security trends and performance, employment indices among other key indicators which determine and safeguard growth and national development of the nation’s economy.
The managing director maintained that being an apparatus for provision of relevant information at all levels of government, BRISIN’s transparency will also serve as a mechanism for fighting corruption by serving as a watchdog over government and individual activities.
He further expressed hope that criminal activities will be reduced with the provision of all basic information on every citizen in the country’s database which can be obtained with a touch of button in the computer.
It was gathered that the Federal Government has concluded plans to implement BRISIN as a fundamental foundation that would convince both development partners and international organisations its desire to reduce corruption, criminality, to the barest minimum, and promote good governance.