Over the years, the Nigerian Government has struggled to keep track of basic information and data of its citizens and residents which could be used for socio-economic planning and development purposes. The lack of a reliable grass root data and information infrastructure has led to some inadequacies in the realization of given government policies and international objectives, for socio – political and economic development. More also, the lack of same has impeded the day to day service delivery efforts of successive governments.
Though Nigeria aims to develop into a more nimble and efficient socio-economic entity, the infrastructure required to achieve this lofty goal is at best insufficient. This situation eventually led to the need to develop the requisite infrastructure, data repository and human capacity required to transform the already existing ones into an efficient and reliable pattern that can effectively enhance the realization of the socio-economic blue print of the nation. Hence, the emergence of this indispensable instrument: Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN).
The information/data provided through this information technological apparatus will be used in the control of population growth, immigration and emigration rates, crime waves and patterns, birth and death rates, revenue flows, economic growth rates at all levels of governance, security trends and performance, employment indices, amongst other key indicators used to determine and safeguard the growth and development rate of the nation and its economy.
Dr Anthony Uwa, National Coordinator, Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN), says the project will create no fewer than 10 million jobs if implemented by the present administration. Uwa, also Managing Director of Dermo Impex Limited, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would make history with the project. He said that criticisms of the administration would turn to praises because it would build a lasting foundation for the country to thrive if the project is implemented.
BRISIN is an integrated system for the collection, storage and distribution of information to support the management of the economy. The project was initiated under the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration while the Goodluck Jonathan administration inaugurated a Technical Committee for its implementation.
BRISIN is targeted at tapping into all aspects of the nation’s economy and bringing about developmental and economic growth in the country through the use of data collection of people and information. Data received will be used to plan for the management of the nation’s resources. It is also expected to bring solutions to other aspects of the economy such as tackling insecurity, unemployment, corruption, fiscal and revenue management, social welfare services to the citizens and good governance.
Uwa, however, commended the Federal Government for moving BRISIN from the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to the Presidency to ensure its speedy implementation.
The project, approved in 2007 by the Federal Executive Council, has suffered a setback owing to selfish political scheming by successive ministers in charge of national planning. On June 17 , this year, an implementation committee was raise by the National Bureau of Statistics which is presently scouting for funds to proceed with the scheme. The managing director of Dermo Impex Limited, the solution providers on BRISIN, Dr. Anthony Uwa who dropped the hint on the project take off, said Nigeria cannot wait any longer in implementing the project in the face of lingering insecurity, corruption and other socio-economic vices eroding the corporate integrity of the country.
Uwa challenged President Jonathan to write his name in gold in Nigeria’s history by laying a solid foundation for national data management by ensuring that the project is fully implemented.