By Ibrahim Kado
Gombe – Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), says bio-metric capturing has reduced incidents of impersonation and registration of ineligible graduates.
Kazaure said this in Gombe on Tuesday at the North-East training workshop on bio-metric clearance of corps members for local governments inspectors.
“This training is intended to give participants the requisite knowledge on the clearance and monitoring of corps members using bio-metrics.
“It is organised for all Heads of Corps Inspection and Monitoring branch, ICT Desk Officers, Zonal and Local Government Inspectors of the North-East states, to ensure a smooth take-off of the process in the zone.”
He urged the participants to contribute meaningfully to the process and shun any act inimical to the success of the innovation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the workshop is “Ensuring Accountability in Corps Members’ Activities Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT)”.
The director-general, who was represented by the Director of ICT, Mrs Christy Uba, said that the success of bio-metric capturing for mobilisation and registration of corps members at the orientation camps informed the decision to adopt the same process for the monthly clearance of corps members.
He re-affirmed his commitment to the success of the scheme.
Mr Christy Uba, Director ICT, who was represented by the Deputy Director ICT, Mr Dawuda Bamai, said the biometric clearance was designed for adequate monitoring of corps members.
“These include weekly Community Service Development (CDS) at their various places of primary assignment using fingerprints and personal data.
“It keeps record of absenteeism, checkmates truancy, impersonation and other vices which tend to undermine the aims and objectives of the scheme,” she said.
Mr David Markson, NYSC Gombe State Coordinator, commended the management on the development, saying that it would ease the work of field officers, especially during the monthly clearance.