Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
5G + Biometric Facial / Hand Scanning + Digital / Cashless Transactions + Mark of Approval / Authorization = Tomorrow’s Economy (2020)
Biometric scanning used for migrant/border control, secure identity verification and approval, government benefits, domestic and international travel security, economic inclusion of everyone, buying/selling transactions and fund transfers, instantaneous speed of transaction and convenience, VAT/taxation collection, mobility, social credit score and ranking, population movement and tracking, monitoring political and religious ‘extremism’ (terrorists). ‘Mark, number or name’ for verification and approval.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had NOT worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (Emphasis added)
Continuing with the ‘High Watch’ Period; Forcing those to have a ‘mark, number of name of the beast’ in order to buy and sell, financial inclusivity and to enter the workplace. Nigeria sets five (5)-year biometric enrollment target for whole population to national ID system. Ghana plans universal health coverage through biometric ID card. A ‘Mark’ for the world’s poor, refugees, economically disadvantaged for financial ‘inclusivity.’ A vaccine for everyone.
Sep 21, 2020 | Frank Hersey Biometric Update
Ahead of ID4Africa’s online country profile event on Wednesday September 23, we have dedicated this edition of our overview of digital identity and biometrics news in Africa almost exclusively to Nigeria. The private and financial sectors have been making progress with digital ID technology, and the World Bank and others are financing the acceleration of the biometric national identity scheme, which should allow further progress, but for now is holding things up. Data protection policy development remains on the sidelines.
Nigeria: Timeline for national registration completion revealed
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) needs between three and five (5) years to complete registration of its citizens, This Day Live reports the commission director general, Aliyu Aziz, as saying. Elsewhere the piece suggests the target is 150 (5+5+5) million people.
Aziz also explained how collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission and National Orientation Agency would allow voter validation via the National Identity Number (NIN).
Speaking on International Identity Day, September 16, Aziz announced that 42 million Nigerians had registered with NIMC, reports another article by This Day, up by a million since May. The population is around 207 million. He said the NIMC is underfunded and has 200 centers when it needs around 4,000.
The article reported as part of Aziz’s remarks on the day’s theme of ‘Identity for Health, Sustainable Development and Growth’ that security agencies would be able to access the commission’s database to identify people.
The NIMC has been able to harmonize 11 million out of 14 million records supplied by the Central Bank of Nigeria on Bank Verification Numbers, and the process will be extended to incorporate the pension commission and immigration service.
Aziz also said that all children will be registered at birth and be linked to the NIN of one of their parents until the age of 16.
Nigeria: Biometric backdown over re-verification
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) backed down soon after announcing the need for account holders to re-register their bank accounts biometrically, reports The Guardian.
Nigerians were asked to do the same thing four years ago, that time by the Central Bank of Nigeria, and were vocal in their complaints when asked to do the same again, telling the government to look to their BVNs and ID numbers for the details. Many believed it was the first move in introducing higher taxes.
The tax agency backed down within hours and apologized, clarifying that the new requirement is for Nigerians outside the country to register.
Nigeria: Data protection bill meeting
Nigeria’s Data Protection Bill was the subject of discussion by several stakeholder agencies reports The Cable, but it is difficult to discern whether any progress was made.
The Legal and Regulatory Reform Working Group, established in March to handle to the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development project, the NIMC and high-ranking federal politicians were present and made sweeping claims on the importance of drafting a bill to ensure trust in the country’s overall identity plans.
Nigeria: World Bank pushes robust identity management to boost digital economy
The World Bank Nigeria Country Director, Chubham Chaudury outlined the group’s recommendations for better management of the digital economy to allow it to thrive and help the country reach its development goals, reports The Guardian.
The bank is financing the country’s national identity registration efforts to the tune of $433 million. Chaudury made the recommendation during a presentation to ministries entitled ‘Digital Identity as a Foundation for Digital Economy and Achieving the SDGs’.
He spoke about an ecosystem approach for ID enrollment and forming partnerships among the private sector, civil society and the government.
Ghana: Electoral register goes on display, issues identified
Almost 6,000 (6) voting centres across the Ashanti Region have put the provisional electoral register on display for citizens to scrutinize, reports the Ghana News Agency.
884 of the centers will be operating biometric verification as a pilot to further fine-tune the system ahead of the December vote, to try matching visitors against the list.
The Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu, has raised the concern that the names of some voters who registered in the recent exercise do not appear on the roll on display, reports Modern Ghana.
While Iddrisu found a discrepancy of over 200 voters, the article includes the Ashaiman MP Ernest Norgbey who claims to have identified over 21,000 names missing in his constituency alone.
Ghana: Ghana Card for universal health coverage by 2030
Ghana’s biometric national ID credential, the Ghana Card, could be playing a significant role in helping the country reach universal health coverage. The Chief executive of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) says a policy change to allow people to use the Ghana Card to access healthcare via the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) could bring the goal within reach by 2030, reports Peace FM.
The NHIA will make provision for biometric verification for cardholders and determine better resource allocation. The plan is also intended to prevent fraud and make electronic claims more efficient. The chief executive, Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby believes that the digitization of the economy in general will also lead to greater tax revenues which will go to health.
Nigeria: Award rededicated to overseers of ‘world’s third best biometric visa system’
The winner of a Forbes Best of Africa Award, the founder and chairman of Online Integrated Solutions, Mahmood Ahamadu has dedicated the award to Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola and the Nigerian Immigration Service Comptroller, General Muhammadu Babandede, reports This Day Live.
Ahmadu won the award for exceptional leadership, entrepreneurship and philanthropy and dedicated the prize to the immigration and Interior Ministry team for providing the support and inspiration which allowed Online Integrated Solutions to roll out its system which is referred to as the ‘third best biometric visa system in the world’ in the article.
Reports & Opinion
Nigeria: Bank group chair believes digital banking, BVN is leading to higher customer satisfaction
Fuelled by the challenges of COVID-19, Nigerian banks are making good progress in increasing customer satisfaction by introducing digital technologies and remote user verification, according to the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Consultative Committee and Ecobank Managing Director Patrick Akinwuntan speaking on Arise TV, covered by The News Nigeria.
Remote account opening has brought convenience and the BVN’s biometric customer registration system is making the banking sector more secure. He hopes that banks will bring financial services to every household in the country so all can take part in the growth of the largest economy in Africa.
News in Brief & Updates
Link – International Identity Day: Our coverage ID4Africa’s online panel session on International Identity Day with a focus on Nigeria.
Link – Nigeria: ID4Africa is holding an online country progress report dedicated to Nigeria on September 23.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.