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Zulum scraps biometric capturing for Borno civil servants

The Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, has directed the Head of Service, Barr. Mallam Fannami, to stop the biometric data capturing of civil servants…

The Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, has directed the Head of Service, Barr. Mallam Fannami, to stop the biometric data capturing of civil servants in the state by the end of February.

Zulum gave the directive on Tuesday in Damasak town while interacting with teachers from Zanna Umarti Primary School and Government Secondary School.

The governor directed that other means of authenticating information from civil servants should be devised immediately.

He said, “This issue of biometrics is becoming worrisome. Once someone has a BVN or NIN, I think it is okay. We have to stop these biometrics. Head of service, you have to take note that all biometric exercises should be concluded before the end of February. From March 1st, no more biometric exercise.

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“We have many methods of identifying duplication in the system. Once someone has a valid account number and BVN is linked, and has an NIN, any anomaly can be identified.

“Convey my approval to the Ministry of Finance and the biometric unit that all pending exercises should be concluded by the end of February.”

Zulum expressed dismay that the biometric exercise subjected civil servants to undue stress, particularly teachers who have to leave their duty posts in order to meet deadlines.

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