The association’s goals include serving as a coordinating body for background checkers and data verification service providers in Nigeria; building and supporting the verification service industry in Nigeria, which includes the data and identity verification ecosystem as well as all related industries; and liaising with the government on data verification service providers’ issues affecting the data verification service industry in Nigeria.
Others include promoting a healthier and more balanced competition among Nigeria’s data verification service providers; promoting, encouraging, and enforcing a high standard of performance and professional ethics among its members; organizing regular seminars, conferences, and programs to educate, sensitize, and derive the collective view of stakeholders in the data verification industry; and acting as a body to which the government or other official or unofficial authorities or organizations can turn.
Digital identification is at the heart of Nigeria’s current shift to a digital economy, according to Chairman Olutunji Oluwole, who spoke during the launch in Lagos. He believes it is critical for industry players to prepare for the demands of the new system by establishing professional and ethical frameworks for consistent service delivery.
“As an industry, we are hopeful that the association will serve as a platform for engagement both within and across the ecosystem aimed at building a robust digital identity infrastructure for the country, supporting innovation within the space, and facilitating collaboration between stakeholders in regulatory, operator, and related professional roles,” he said.
“Data verification is a rapidly growing business in Nigeria, and we are confident that this is the appropriate move toward expansion,” said Gbenga Odegbami, one of the Association’s Trustees.
As part of a deliberate effort toward development, it is necessary to create feasible frameworks based on compliance, effective communication, and outstanding service delivery.
ADVSP would hasten the digitalization of Nigeria’s economy by establishing a solid infrastructure that would benefit all stakeholders in the industry.”
The ADVSP is a group of data service providers that is governed by Nigerian law and regulated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). It is a trustee incorporated under Part F of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020.