Zulum orders fresh biometric capture of Borno workers
By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has directed the Head of Service (HoS), Barrister Mallum Fannami to scrap the biometric data capture of workers in the Civil Service of the state.
According to him, despite the retirements and deaths of many workers, the total workforce of the State stood at about 16, 000 personnel.
Zulum gave the directive on Wednesday in Damasak, while interacting with teachers and students of Zanna Umarti Primary and Government Secondary Schools.
He noted that the directive to the HoS, was to terminate the current biometric data capture of workers, including teachers by end of this month.
Besides, he added: “I also directed Fannami that other means of authenticating information from civil servants should be devised immediately.”
The Governor continued; “The issue of biometrics exercise is becoming worrisome. Once someone has a BVN or NIN, I think it is okay. We have to stop these biometrics of civil servants.
“The Head of Service (HoS), Barrister Mallum Fannami, you are to take note that all biometric exercises should be concluded before the end of February,” warning that there should be no more biometric exercises for workers in the civil service.
On capturing the authentic workers, he said: “We have several methods of identifying duplications in the system.
“Once worker has a valid account number and BVN is linked up, and has an NIN, any anomaly can be identified to a genuine or authentic biometric data of workers in the civil service.”
Zulum, therefore, directed Fannami to his approval to the Ministry of Finance and the biometric unit that all pending exercises should be concluded by the end of February, 2024.
The Governor that the biometric exercise subject civil servants to undue stress, particularly the teachers who have to leave their duty posts in order to meet deadlines of biometric captures.