‘Why we need bio­met­ric sys­tem in higher in­sti­tu­tions’

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Mau­reen Onochie

The need for ev­ery higher in­sti­tu­tion of learn­ing in Nigeria to em­brace the bio­met­ric sys­tem has be­come nec­es­sary as it would help keep and pro­vide data and in­for­ma­tion im­me­di­ately with­out has­sles.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Meriben Ser­vices, Mr. Ben Ohanu, said, “The preser­va­tion of data on files and pa­pers doesn’t en­able one to get ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion and data when needed and some­times the in­for­ma­tion gets miss­ing.”

“If you go to some higher in­sti­tu­tions to­day to look for in­for­ma­tion about a stu­dent, it might take you days, weeks or even months to get the needed in­for­ma­tion. They have to carry files from one of­fice to the other in or­der to fur­nish you with the in­for­ma­tion you need,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the in­tro­duc­tion of bio­met­ric sys­tems in the in­sti­tu­tions will also help check cases of ghost staff and fake stu­dents.

Ohanu dis­closed that dif­fi­cul­ties in data re­cov­ery led his or­ga­ni­za­tion to have a part­ner­ship with some ex­perts in In­dia and Is­rael for train­ing pro­grammes on the use of bio­met­ric ma­chines.

He said, “We started pro­mot­ing the pro­gramme last year and we have suc­ceeded in get­ting Delta State Polytech­nic, Univer­sity of Cal­abar and Ra­mat Polytech­nic Maiduguri. Later on in the year, we in­tend to bring in ex­perts from In­dia to train work­ers who would op­er­ate the ma­chines.”

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