The bio-metric validation project of Nigeria’s banking industry has become a prerequisite for access to financial services. However, the country has a plethora of electronic identification projects whose inter-connectivity could be central to clandestine espionage and beneficial developmental projects.
Presently, inadequate data capabilities has been cited as reason for the low level of socio-economic development and infrastructure planning. This has provided justification for funding allocated to capital and recurrent identity management projects in the course of the last fifteen years. However, inadequate attention to human capital development for information management remains a serious threat to national security.
According to Ambassador Oyedokun Oyewole, President of Institute of Information Management, “qualifications, experience, expertise and ability are key to maintaining information security”.
The quest for information capabilities upgrade therefore requires learning best practices for business and personal management. the sheer number of identity projects at Federal and State levels clearly indicates poor coordination of system designs, inter-agency validation processes, and abundant opportunity for resource hijacking.
There are regulatory directives compelling data capture at service points but there is no policy guiding access and usage of private privileged information. Government data has been serially hacked, payment vouchers and correspondences have been leaked, and private data being collated by service providers can be used in any imaginable way. Serial killers can literally find their victims by accessing back-end portals of telecommunications company or random in-app bank payment trials.
As the need for enforcement of responsibilities become germane to national development and security, there is a pressing demand for professionalism and standardization of information management practice in Nigeria. This will also enhance evidence based action through quality data and diversity management for early warning signals and proactive transaction management at all levels.
Without a workforce that is professionally grounded in modern information management practices, the Nation’s ability to provide adequate support for socio-economic development and market regulation will remain fundamentally compromised.