The International Biometric Society (IBS) has been urged to pursue efforts to improve identity verification technologies, as well as to create public awareness among Nigerians on the use and importance of biometrics system.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development Services), Professor Ayodele Atsenuwa gave the charge on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, when she received members of the society led by the Head of the Department of Statistics, Professor Muminu Adamu who paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor’s office. Members of Society were in the University for a one-day IBS Conference and Meeting at the Faculty of Science.
Prof. Atsenuwa who received the team on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Folasade T, Ogunsola, FAS, emphasized the need for IBS to promote biometry by actively sensitizing the public on its importance which cuts across almost every sphere of human endeavour.
According to the Professor of Law, the importance of biometrics cannot be over-emphasized as it is a veritable tool for the verification of identities, using facial recognition features.
In the course of the courtesy visit, members of the Society including a retired Professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor M.A. B Fakorede; Professor S.O.N Agwuagbo of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and Dr. Oluwafemi Oyamakin of the Department of Statistics, University of Ibadan, acknowledged the immense contribution of UNILAG to the production of scholarly outputs to advance the country.
Professor Fakorede commended the institution for being a beacon of academic excellence in teaching, learning, and research. He noted that the study of biometrics has had a huge impact on Nigeria in several areas, especially with regards to minimizing cheating and security breaches.