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NYSC introduces biometric technology to check absenteeism, ghost corps members

The National Youth Service Corps has introduced a biometric technology for the corps members’ monthly clearance and to check the activities of absenteeism and “ghost” corps members in places of assignment in South West. The biometric technology which will assist the NYSC in the clearance of corps members will commence in April 2017 in the South-West states.

Brig.-Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure, director-general, NYSC, who was represented by Mrs. Victoria Okakwu, director of Corps Welfare and Inspectorate made this disclosure while declaring open a training programme recently on the biometric clearance for field officers of the South-West states in Ibadan, after a successful pilot scheme of the project in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos State and subsequent take-off in the North-West and South-East states.

Kazaure cautioned that corps members who miss the biometric clearance without approval would not be considered for their monthly allowances, stressing that “the use of bio-metrics for mobilisation and registration of corps members at orientation camps had helped to fast-track the process, and reduced impersonation and registration of ineligible graduates”.

On her part, Mrs. Christy Uba, director of ICT, underscored at the event that the biometric clearance system was designed to enhance adequate monitoring and monthly clearance of Corps members including CDS at their places of primary assignment using their fingerprints and personal data.

“It keeps records of absenteeism, and checkmates truancy, impersonation and other vices, which tend to undermine the aims and objectives of the Scheme; hence the need to equip our LGIs with the requisite knowledge of how this module functions,” she said.

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