The Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN) says effective implementation of the system is key to curbing crime in the country.

Coordinator of BRISIN, Dr Anthony Uwa, says the inclusion of every Nigerian in a central database would aid the effective management of the country’s economy and provide security agencies with the information needed for effective fight against crime.

“Why do you go abroad and you hear they do crime you do time, it is because everybody is on a database.

“Why is it easy to trace criminals because the moment you are registered on the BRISIN network if you steal, all the police will need to do is to go and pick your finger print.

“If you touch any bank or touch any Automated Teller Machine, they know where you are; this is the magic of the white man that makes it seem as if their own country is working and our own is not.’’

He urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to leverage on the integrated scheme when implemented to enhance their operations.

“It gives every government the power of data governance and when we talk of data governance we talk about that instrument of monitoring and control,’’ Uwa added.

According to him, it will be an instrument for guiding government at all levels in providing infrastructure as well as creating jobs.

“This is what makes it seem as if things are working better in other countries.

“BRISIN will convert Nigerian masses to citizens because it is going to give everyone of us an identity,’’ he said.

Uwa emphasised that the system would provide realtime data for government to work with.

“How many people are born every day; how many die every day; and how many people enroll in school every day.

“These are the kind of things that BRISIN will help the government to resolve.

“We are talking of how many farmers do we have and what is the size of their farms and what are they producing.

“Someone will say we are about 100 million but people don’t understand the risk of using that to do planning because that 100 million is tied to our GDP.

“If you don’t have a proper understanding of how many people live in Kano or Abuja, how do you plan infrastructure like hospitals, schools and transportation,’’ Uwa said.

BRISIN is an integrated system for the collection, storage and distribution of information to support the management of the country’s economy.

Recruitment of 5,000 unemployed Nigerians is underway in the FCT in the pilot phase of the scheme.

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