NYSC extends biometric clearance to north-west

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The National Youth Service Corps has extended the deployment of biometric verification for monthly clearance of Corps members to the North-West zone of the country.

NYSC extends biometric clearance to north-west

A Corps member being verified with the biometric technology at the opening of the training workshop in Katsina  

This is coming after successful test-running of the technique in Lagos and FCT, Abuja with plan to deploy the same technology to all NYSC formations in the country.

The use of the biometric clearance to the north-west states was formally kicked-off with a training workshop for field officers from all states of the zone, which took place recently in Katsina State with the Theme: “Ensuring Accountability in Corps Members Activities using ICT”.

In his address, the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, said that the biometric verification technique would cover Community Development Service attendance, place of primary assignment, monitoring of monthly clearance for personal allowance and winding-up final clearance.

The Director-General, who was represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Chief Anthony Ani, explained that the essence of the workshop was to expose all Heads of Corps Inspection and Monitoring, Information and Communication Technology Desk Officers as well as Zonal and Local Government Inspectors to the relevant knowledge and skills of the new technology to ensure its smooth take-off.

In a message to the opening ceremony of the workshop, the Governor of Katsina State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, endorsed the introduction of biometric verification.

Masari remarked that the NYSC’s drive towards entrenching effective and efficient management system through the deployment of Information and Communication Technology had helped not only in positioning the Scheme to deliver in its mandate, but also in minimizing stress on Corps members, parents and other stakeholders.

He, therefore, enjoined the workshop participants to be attentive throughout the workshop so as to achieve the set objectives in their operational areas.

Earlier in an introductory speech, the Director of Information and Communication Technology, Mrs. Christy Ubah, said that the essence of the biometric clearance was to checkmate Corps members’ activities.

In her words: “The verification checkmates Corps members’ absenteeism, truancy, impersonation and other vices which tend to undermine the efforts of the operators of the Scheme”.

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