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FG to use BRISIN against corruption.

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A data expert, Dr Anthony Uwa, said application of Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN) would help Federal Government in the fight against corruption and other social vices.

Uwa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that BRISIN was about the generation of primary data across the country that would be applied to engender good governance and boost economic performance.

“Federal Government is screaming over corruption, that a lot of money has been stolen and more are still being stolen.

But, if BRISIN, which has been on the drawing board after it was approved by the Federal Government more than a decade ago, is implemented, the government does not need to scream,’’ he said.

BRISIN is an integrated system for the collection, storage and distribution of information to support the management of the economy.

Uwa said, “the operation of the programme would generate information on every individual, all activities and issues in the country and extension of these outside the country.

“The system will recover all the money stolen and job opportunities will abound. This is part of the work that BRISIN is supposed to do for Federal Government.’’

According to him, BRISIN is that foundation that gives the clear picture if the government wants to move the country forward.

Uwa, who is the National Coordinator of BRISIN, said that the project would allow every resident in Nigeria to state source of income.

“The system will make the government to know whatever you are earning and if you are a thief or armed robber, it will be clear.

“But, if you don’t have this data base or information system, it will be difficult to track the vices,’’ he said.

Uwa disclosed that a Technical/Implementation Committee had been inaugurated by the government to fast-track the implementation of the project.

He said that the Minister of Budget and National Planning had at the inauguration of the committee, admitted that without a system like BRISIN, it would be difficult to properly plan for the country.

BRISIN will give Nigeria credibility; it will tell Nigeria how rich the economy is.

“Today, we don’t know how rich we are; we don’t know who carries our money, who and what brings in our money and what the money is used for?

“So, the opportunity of making Nigeria a great nation will not be there if there is no BRISIN.

“This is what made other countries what they are today; that is why they are functioning well. Nigerians like going to America to deliver their babies because of the benefits. Why can’t we do that here?

“BRISIN carries a whole load of opportunities for health, education, development and employment, mostly,’’ the coordinator said.

When The Federal Government approved the implementation of the national central data project, it appointed Dermo Impex, an Italy-based Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company, to execute it.

Uwa, who is the representative of Dermo Impex in Nigeria, said no fewer than 9,822 servers would be installed in all the wards, local governments and states in the country as part of BRISIN implementation process.

He explained that the system would generate four major data – economic, social, demographic, and security.

“These are issues BRISIN has addressed in developed countries like America, Britain, Japan and Germany and we don’t have it here.

“ We need to have such system in Nigeria before we can move this country forward,’’ he said.

According to him, with the data system engendered by BRISIN in place, it will be easier for investors to come to Nigeria.

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Mali: Apex court upheld Keita’s re election

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Mali’s constitutional court on Monday confirmed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s re-election in a run-off ballot, rejecting fraud accusations by the opposition candidate.

The decision clears the way for Keita to be inaugurated next month for a second five-year term, at a time when Malian authorities are contending with rising violence by jihadist groups and ethnic militia.

Challenger Soumaila Cisse had contested the electoral commission result of the Aug. 12 vote, which showed Keita winning 67 percent.

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The election was tainted by armed attacks in the centre and north, where hundreds of polling stations remained closed, and a turnout of only 34 percent reflected fears of violence as well as voter apathy.

Cisse says he would have won 51 percent of the vote but for ballot box stuffing and other cheating by Keita’s camp. Keita rejected the allegations.

The European Union observer mission and other local and international monitors said that, despite a number of irregularities and disruptions, they saw no evidence of fraud.

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Nigeria: More bodies discovered from collapsed building in Abuja

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About four more bodies have been recovered from the rubble of the four-storey building which collapsed in Jabi, Abuja on Friday.
 
The bodies were recovered during the ongoing evacuation of debris from the site on Monday.
 
The Federal Capital Territory Administration and the National Emergency Management Agency had on Saturday ended the rescue operation at the site after six persons and one dead body were evacuated from the building on Friday.

But relatives of the victims had protested the decision of the government, insisting that about 18 workers were still trapped under the rubble.

They were dispersed by policemen who fired tear gas and shots into the air.

The rescue team consisting of officials of FCT Emergency Management Agency, National Emergency Management Agency, firefighters and Julius Berger Plc ended the rescue operations around 8am after they failed to find victims.

But the youths who were annoyed by the removal of the payloaders and other equipment attempted to take over the site, insisting that many victims were still trapped under the debris and should be rescued.

The Coordinator, Abuja Municipal Metropolitan Council, Umar Shuaibu, had explained that the rescue workers could not find any signs of life or body, adding that they deployed the necessary equipment for the job.

He disclosed that only one died out of the seven victims that were rescued, insisting that no other casualty was discovered during the overnight rescue operation.

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