By Emeka Aginam
The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has thrown its weight behind the recent directive by President Muhammadu Buhari on Ministry, Department and Agencies, (MDAs) to harmonize the collection and usage of biometric data instead of replicating efforts.
This directive by President Buhari , according to the newly elected NCS President, Prof. Sola Aderounmu was very timely considering the huge cost implication biometric exercises have caused taxpayers in the past especially in terms of cost of data acquisition, cost of personnel, cost of storage of acquired data and cost of making such data available.
“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.
“We however wish to emphasize 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 citizenspersonal identifiable information (PII) such that the data are not in any way use for adversarial purposes.
NCS is ready and willing to render technical assistance and support in the monitoring of the capability deployment of this enviable project.
It would be recalled that NCS in a communique issued after the just concluded 11th International Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Akure, Ondo State said that e-government if properly deployed will deliver continuous optimization of service delivery to the citizens thereby engendering the attainment of the Vision 20-20:20 of the Federal Government.
The communique also stated 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.