Ogun To Collate Biometrics Of Riders, Motorists As It Mulls Plans To Revolutionise Transport Sector - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Ogun To Collate Biometrics Of Riders, Motorists As It Mulls Plans To Revolutionise Transport Sector

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Ogun State government is contemplating collating and deploying biometric data of all commercial motorcycle riders and motorists operating in the State to sanitize and revolutionize its transport sector.

 

Presently, motorists and commercial motorcycle riders in the state are identified loosely through their various units, nondescript identity card and plate numbers which often makes it herculean a task sometimes, to correctly link an operator to a given issue when challenges arose.


The planned biometrics method may entail that data such as facial recognition,  finger contour, eye iris, veins, heart beat and voice of the motorists and riders are collated about the transporters and used as basis of identification.


Since it will be technology - driven,  the state government stands to benefit from the pool of such data in the areas of security decision, formulating transport policy, safety regulation, monitoring, tracking and  revenue projection and  tracking from that sector as well as foster smooth relationship between the transporters and relevant government agencies.


The system is already in use in some developed countries of the world by governments and  big transport firms running  fleets.


The idea of biometrics was muted recently by the Commissioner for Transportation,  Gbenga Dairo, during meetings with the leadership and representatives of the Articulated Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (AMORAN) and Three Wheelers Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (TWORAN), at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.


Dairo said there was the need to capture the data of all commercial riders and drivers, which according to him, would enable government plan towards repositioning the sector.


He  explained that the exercise would assist in easy identification, monitoring and tracking for any eventualities as well as  assist in curbing crimes associated with commercial transportation in the State.


The Commissioner expressed displeasure at the observed reckless driving and flagrant violation of traffic rules, warning that  henceforth, violators would face the full wrath of the law.


He also charged the Union leaders to cooperate with his ministry in developing a roadmap for a better organized and robust transport sector, where safety of passengers was prioritised.


He  reiterated the  government's resolve to make transport affordable, accessible and safe through regulations and policies in line with  international standard.


According to him, the era of exploitation, harassment, thuggery and other acts capable of making life difficult for passengers was over in the State.


The State Chairman of AMORAN, Comrade Nurudeen Alowonle, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, commended the State government for the creation of the Ministry of Transportation, pledging the Associations’ support towards achieving set goals in the transport sector.

 


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