Sierra Leone to use biometrics for pensioner registration
27 December 2018 18:50 GMT

Sierra Leone's welfare ministry has launched the Biometric Registration System (BRS) for its pensioners.

NASSIT officials said the system uses a service-oriented architecture for central biometric data storage collected from contributors and pensioners alike, reports the Standard Times

“The objective of this system”, according to the Acting Director General, “is the efficient identity management of members of the scheme, and the prevention of identity fraud with the use of a widely approved biometric identification mechanism”.

“The operationalization of the Biometric Registration System will drastically minimize the monetary loss caused by identity fraud during pensions and benefits payment. This zero pension fraud system will save the Government hundreds of millions of leones”, Mr. Mans Jr. affirmed, adding, “it will also support the efficient management and administration of the Trust and is a catalyst for improvements to our processes and procedures.  This will now lead to a significant increase in operational efficiency, quality and transparency”.

Explaining how the system works, the Director of Systems and Technology, who is also Acting Deputy Director General (Administration), Amara Kargbo, said it uses the finger as the primary tool for biometric recognition, and facial recognition as the secondary means of verification. The system captures three fingers from both hands of the pensioner or member.

“The need for using multiple fingers from both hands”, according to Mr. Kagbo, “is to increase the accuracy of the search results, as the system uses a one-one and one-to-many search, and also to create options for injuries that may lead a pensioner or member to lose a finger etc.

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