Digital ID providers form association to improve verification services in Nigeria

Some Nigerian companies operating in the field of digital identification, including major market players VerifyMe Nigeria and Youverify, have set up a structure called the Association of Data Verification Service Providers (ADVSP), with the main purpose of coordinating the activities of the data verification service providers in the country, reports This Day.

According to the report, the new body, which has been authorized by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), will focus its energy on building and supporting the businesses that make up the Nigerian data and identity verification ecosystem. digital identity, and will act as an interface with the government on these issues.

Some of its goals, the outlet mentions, are to enable an atmosphere of healthy business competition among players in the data verification and digital identity industry, to encourage innovation and high standards among businesses. , as well as to undertake activities aimed at deepening the knowledge of stakeholders in the data verification and digital identity services sector.

Olutunji Olowole, Chairman of ADVSP and Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of VerifyMe Nigeria, said the new body will help establish a new framework for delivering standardized services using digital ID. “As an industry, we are optimistic that the Association will serve as a platform for engagement both within and across the ecosystem aimed at building a manly digital identity infrastructure for the country, supporting the innovation in the space and to facilitate collaboration between stakeholders, whether in the areas of regulatory, operator or related professional roles.

Also speaking about the initiative, Gbenga Odegbami, co-founder and CEO of Youverify, and administrator of ADVSP, said he hoped they had taken the right step in the right direction, because data verification is on a steady growth trajectory in Nigeria. “It is necessary to establish viable frameworks based on compliance, effective communication and excellent service delivery as part of an intentional effort towards development. ADVSP would accelerate the digitalization of the Nigerian economy, creating a robust infrastructure that would serve all stakeholders in the sector.

Numerical addressing required for issuance of driver’s license

The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) is eager to partner with the Federal Road Service Corps (FRSC) to make digital personal address verification a requirement for issuance of driving licenses and other services, ICIR Nigeria reports .

This development emerged following recent talks between Federation Postmaster General and NIPOST CEO Ismail Adewusi and FRSC boss Boboye Oyeyemi.

The report suggests the decision is to address some of the mis-addressing issues that often lead to service tracking failures.

It is hoped that the digital addressing initiative will give more credibility to government-issued identification documents such as passport, NIN, driver’s license, voter’s card and vehicle registration number, to only cite a few.

Solace Base, in its own report, quotes the CEO of NIPOST saying, “Many people put in wrong or untraceable addresses when they are requested for services. The platform would remedy these practices by scanning addresses and ensuring that the information provided is authentic.

He also quotes the FRSC boss as mentioning that “the Corps would very soon start requiring a National Identity Number (NIN) for vehicle registration and driver’s licenses.”

NIPOST is also leading an initiative, through a biometric registration campaign, to establish an agency banking system aimed at enhancing financial inclusion in Nigeria.

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