Following recent avalanche of security challenges occasioned by activities of the dreaded Boko Haram sect in the country, the Federal Government has ordered immediate commencement of building of a national integrated data and information infrastructure system.
The system known as the system known as Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria, BRISIN, is intended to register and capture the imagery of every Nigeria from the 8812 ward level and the 36 states, will apart from curbing insecurity, also provide a solid foundation for planning technological and socio-economic development growth for Nigeria.
Although, the project for BRISIN system, which was slated to take off since 2007, was being delayed due to selfish reasons by few persons at the top echelon in the affairs of the nation.
But in his resolved to tackle the threat of the insecurity and expand business horizon, the present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the take of the project. The administration, therefore, directed relevant ministries, agencies involved in the project to commence its implementation with immediate effect.
Stakeholders in the project which its pilot scheme is expected to take off any moment from now at Federal Capital Territory, FCT, include the National Planning Commission, National Bureau of Statistics, FCTA and solution provider, Dermo Impex Nig Ltd as well as other Technical partners.
To this end, the House of Representatives Committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT and National Planning Commission have advised the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Bala Mohammed to immediately start the implementation of the project without further delay.
Confirming the development to Vanguard in Abuja, Dr Anthony Uwa, the Managing Director of Dermo Impex Nig. Ltd, the organization contracted to build the Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria, BRISIN project, explained that the BRISIN system has the capacity to solve numerous of nation’s problems.
Noting the importance of the BRISIN system to national growth and development, Dr. Uwa explained that Nigeria will get it right this time, adding, “we have put all implementation strategies in place and soon the problem of job creation will be a thing of the past.
According to him, “the BRISIN platform will facilitate and guarantee regular and continuous collection of all data and information and integrates same for assessment and management of the population, as well as the economy and utilized by all institutions in the country.
“BRISIN is Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria, a national integrated data and information infrastructure system, intended to provide a solid foundation for planning technological and socio-economic development growth for Nigeria.
“The BRISIN platform will facilitate and guarantee regular and continuous collection of all data and information and integrates same for assessment and management of the population, as well as the economy and utilized by all institutions in the country. The system is to be built with biometric technology as an integral part.
On why Federal Government approved BRISIN project now, he said,“repositioning Nigeria to meet her dreams of becoming one of the developed nations in the year 2020, the Federal Government believes that an integrated data and information infrastructure must be built to give all data and information agencies the base to have result oriented objective.”
He added the approval at the same time permit development partners and investors participate with accurate, centralized and verifiable source of information for investment decisions in Nigeria. The Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria, BRISIN, is the foundation on which this objective will be achieved.
“A harmonized and integrated data and information system has for long eluded Nigeria and this has created conflicts and confusion among data and information agencies, making it difficult for security agents, planners and investors to define standards as strategic development system.
“BRISIN creates room for every agency to function better and plan economic and technological development of Nigeria to meet with international practice and follow global trend.
“In BRISIN, the agencies remain their sectoral operators, with the difference that an infrastructure and an integrated platform is built to guarantee easy access and management, ensuring efficiency of access by citizens, information protection, as well as curb any abuse.
BRISIN he explained further “is an integrator and integrated management system with the vision of clarifying the normal process of data gathering, storage and information usage for development purposes. It gives room for verification not only demographic data, but also socio-economic and technological data.