ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has launched national biometric registration and identification scheme for its members with the aim of ensuring strategic repositioning and revitalisation of the association.
The scheme, which was launched in partnership with Richfield Technologies Limited and Speed Identity AB, Sweden, was aimed at maintaining and keeping a reliable, accurate and data base for the organisation.
Speaking at the event in Abuja on Monday, the Executive National Chairman, RTEAN, Alhaji Musa Isiwele said the difference between the data capturing that was done in the past and the new biometric registration was that the former would enable the association to have record of the members, while the latter would be open and accessible to relevant government agencies like Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), police, SSS, Ministries, where full details of members would also be given.
He added that it would also enhance security checks on the members, stressing that there is no way for a genuine member already captured in the data could be mistaken for a criminal.
Isiwele stated: “we have come to the practical realisation that our progress level may be grossly hampered or hindered, if an effective Data Base Management System (DBMS) is not in place.
“Let me say that this project of establishing a reliable and most dependable data base for our teeming members across the federation is very critical to our developmental quest and workable partnership with the police and other security agencies Nigeria.
“This is because it will stem or put to check cases of impersonation, touting or wrong people fraudulently using the name of RTEAN to cause problem or commuting crime,” the president noted.
Isiwele explained that with the scheme in place, every necessary information on the members as may be required by government, security agencies and other relevant organisations would be readily available.
He emphasised that with the official launching of the programme, similar machines would be sent to other zones and states for the same exercise to enable comprehensive capture of its members within a short time, though stressing that the exercise would be continuous.
Delivering his goodwill message, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige said the scheme would improve the efficiency of the activities of the organisation.
He, however, called on the association to ensure efforts are put in place to sustain the scheme.