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Nigeria: ‘Biometric Data Will Control Crime in FCT’

February 28, 2012

allafrica.com

This will be the excuse that many governments around the world will use.  Gather biometrics from everyone for their own safety and to be monitored while reducing crime…

The FCT Police Commissioner, Michael Zuokumor, yesterday said that capturing cab driver’s biometric data in the territory will tremendously reduce crime.

Zuokumor stated this in Abuja, during the official flag-off of the biometric data capturing of FCT cab drivers, an event organised by Painted Abuja Taxi Nigeria Limited (PAT).

He said the FCT Police Command in partnership with cab drivers in the territory have been able to reduce the incidences of car snatching and ‘one chance operators’ to the barest minimum in recent time.

“The command is developing strategies that will ensure that the issue of car snatching becomes a thing of the past in Abuja within the next three to six months,” he said.

Earlier in his remark, Chairman of Painted Abuja Taxi Nigeria Limited, Alhaji Shugaba Yar’Adua, said the essence of capturing cab drivers biometric data is to tackle the incidence of ‘one chance operators’ in order to guarantee the safety and security of commuters.

He said that the exercise will enable the government monitor the activities of taxi drivers in the territory and urged all cab drivers to key into the scheme.

Yar ‘Adua disclosed that Painted Abuja Taxi Ltd has signed an MoU with FCT Transportation Secretariat to provide them with 300,000 new vehicles in order to remove all rickety commercial vehicles from Abuja road.

He said the FCT Transport Secretariat has equally promised to create taxi racks in all the six area councils, where cab drivers can conveniently carry out their activities.

On his part, Representative of FCT Transport Secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Tukur, urged cab operators in the territory to strictly follow the rules and regulations laid down for their operations for smooth transport operation.

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