9 October 2012

Nigeria: Vice President Sambo Inaugurates Panel On Central Database

Vice President Namadi Sambo has inaugurated the Presidential committee on streamlining of a centralised demographic database for the country.

Speaking at the inauguration yesterday, Sambo said the committee's terms of reference include; "determining the Agency that has the constitutional responsibility to host the centralised database; streamlining the efforts already being made by various agencies in this regard in order to synergize these efforts in the proposed centralised system; examine and make recommendations on the imperatives of the centralised system on security, funding, management, authenticity and sustainability of data collection and applications, and examine and make recommendations on all issues incidental to the efficient application of data in the management of our national affairs."

His spokesman Umar Sani said the committee has the Vice President as Chairman.

Other members are: Attorney-General of the Federation, ministers of finance, national planning, communication, health, education, agriculture, science and technology, inspector general of police, comptroller general of immigration service, among others.

Sambo has also set up two sub-technical committees and legal sub-committee and charged them to work on the term of reference provided to ensure the provision of a centralised database for the country within four weeks.

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