The Director General of the Scheme, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure announced this in Enugu during a workshop on biometric clearance of corps members in local government areas in the South East.
The workshop organized for all Heads of Corps Inspection and Monitoring branches, ICT desks, Zonal and Local Government Inspectors in the South East States of Nigeria was to ensure a smooth take-off of the process in the zone.
Brigadier General Kazaure noted that the earlier introduction of the use of biometrics for mobilization and registration of corps members at orientation camp had already helped in fast-tracking the process and also reduced impersonation and registration of illegible graduates.
The NYSC Director-General urged participants to pay attention to the programme and contribute meaningfully to the initiative towards ensuring a transparent system.
“Corps members who missed the biometric clearence without approval will not be considered for payment of their monthly allowance. I urge you to shun any act that is inimical to the success of this new innovation.”
Explaining the theme of the workshop entitled “Ensuring accountability in Corps Members’ Activities, Using ICT,” the NYSC Director in-charge of ICT, Mrs. Christy Uba said that the innovation was designed to enhance adequate monitoring and monthly clearance of corps members at their various places of primary assignment, using their finger print and personal data.
“ This system gives you charge of your own local government to do all you have been doing manually, you can now do it easily.”
The out-going NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs. Nwano Ukegha described the introduction of biometrics as a giant step towards enhancing administration of the scheme at the grassroots.
“By the time biometrics is deployed it will not only ease the job of the field officers but will also put an end to truancy, absconment and other sharp practices that have impacted negetively on the image of the scheme.”
Our Correspondent, BY OBINNA OGBUKA reported that Practical demonstration of the use of bio metrics with serving corps members from Enugu North and Enugu South Local government areas was successful.