ABUJA – The Minister of National Planning, Dr Abubakar Sulaiman, on Thursday expressed the hope that Basic Registry and Information System (BRISIN) project would assist Nigeria to successfully fight social vices.
Sulaiman said this in Abuja at the inauguration of the National Implementation/Technical Committee on the Implementation of BRISIN in Nigeria.
BRISIN is a project using Information Communication Technology (ICT) to provide a database of socio-economic information of all citizens and residents.
It also provides database of their economic activities and enterprises of all kinds within a defined geographical entity in the country.
“No nation can successfully fight the high level of endemic corruption, criminality, tax evasion and other economic vices without seamlessly captured data and information on individuals and enterprises within the country.
“With a system like the proposed BRISIN, vital information on every citizen and resident in the country could be obtained with a press of a button.
“All developed countries of the world use this type of capture for socio-economic development,’’ Sulaiman said.
According to him, BRISIN assists in keeping accurate records relating to census such as daily birth and death rates, daily marriage and divorce records, immigrants and emigrants as well as residence and transfer.
The minister said it would also assist in the computation of Gross Domestic Products and other economic aggregates at all tiers of government.
“It will also assist in the assessment of the actual production strength of the nation.
“BRISIN will assist in tax collection and revenue generation by providing information on individual and corporate economic activities for planning and implementation of government programmes, policies and projects.
“It will also create employment at the grassroots level through the establishment of documentation centres in all wards and reduce corruption and criminality when people have access to information,’’ he said.
Sulaiman urged the committee to develop implementation methodologies and procedures for the BRISIN project, create an awareness
campaign system and develop Diaspora inclusion and image making system.
According to him, the committee is expected to define a legal framework as well as economic and fiscal monitoring and control mechanism geared toward the successful achievement of the project.
Dr Anthony Uwa, the Head of BRISIN implementation team and Managing Director of Impex Ltd, said information stored under the system could be obtained either at the ward, local, state or federal level. (NAN)
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