Data verification service providers’ association debuts in Nigeria
Companies within the digital identity space in Nigeria have announced the launch of the Association of Data Verification Service Providers (ADVSP).
The association’s objectives include, to act as the body for background checkers and data verification service providers in Nigeria; to build and support the verification service industry in Nigeria, which encompasses the data and identity verification ecosystem and all relatable industries; to liaise with government on data verification service providers’ matters affecting the data verification service industry in Nigeria.
Others are to promote healthier and balanced competition amongst data verification service providers in Nigeria; promote, encourage and enforce a high standard of performance and professional ethics amongst its members; organise regular seminars, conferences and programs to educate, sensitize and derive the collective view of stakeholders in the data verification industry; and act as a body to which the government or other official or unofficial authorities or organisations in Nigeria can have recourse for advice, assistance, or the expression of views on any subjects of concern or interest to data verification service provision in Nigeria.
According to the Chairman, Olutunji Oluwole, at the unveiling in Lagos, digital identity is at the heart of Nigeria’s ongoing pivot towards a digital economy. He said it is therefore imperative for stakeholders within the sector to brace up to the demands of the emerging system by providing the professional and ethical frameworks for standardized service delivery.
“As an industry, we are optimistic that the association will serve as a platform for engagement both within and across the ecosystem aimed at building a virile digital identity infrastructure for the country, supporting innovation within the space and facilitating collaboration between stakeholders whether in regulatory, operator or related professional roles,” he stated.
A Trustee of the Association, Gbenga Odegbami, said: “Data verification is a rapidly growing industry in Nigeria, and we are positive that this is the right step towards growth.
There is a need to establish viable frameworks founded on compliance, effective communication, and excellent service delivery as an intentional effort toward development.
ADVSP would fast-track the digitisation of the Nigerian economy, creating a robust infrastructure that’d serve all stakeholders within the sector.”
The ADVSP is a consortium of data service providers registered under the laws of Nigeria and licensed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). It is an incorporated trustee registered under Part F of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020.