The Missing Person Platform, a sustainable system for reporting, identifying, viewing and providing information about missing persons everywhere was unveiled on Tuesday in Abuja.
In her welcome address, the Managing Director of Primly Premium Solutions represented by Christine Bestman, she said that across Nigeria, there are thousands who have gone missing as a result of insecurity, voluntary migration, displacement and violence
“In 2021, the International Committee of the Red Cross reported that there are approximately 24,000 caseloads of missing people in Nigeria, Bestman said.
She said that despite how prevalent explained disappearance are in the country and the long lasting effects it has on those who have been affected, there is a persisting lack of resources made available to tackle this problem.
“There is no currently national database for missing persons in Nigeria. This has proven to be a confronting facto ion the effort to raise awareness as well as keep track of progress made over time. This concern and the dire consequences it appears to have on the safety of the Nigerian population is what inspired the development of the Missing Persons Platform, she said.
The FCT Police Commissioner who was represented by CSP Zanna Maidugu commended the Missing Person Platform initiative and pledged the support of the FCT Command towards achieving the objective of the Platform.
In his remarks, the representative of the DIG ICT, Force Headquarters, AIG Philips S. Maku, he said that Nigeria Police have records of missing persons in all the various Police Station across the country as he welcome the idea of having online database.
“Documentation is very vital as it helps in giving adequate statistics. Security is everybody’s business, we value every life as a security agency, AIG Philips Maku said.
He appealed to Primly Premium Solutions and its partners to ensure that the platform is extended to all the 774 Local Government in Nigeria.
Present at the unveiling includes the representatives of the Nigeria Police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Federal Road Safety Corps, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Army, Federal Ministry of Education and the Red Cross among others.
The Missing Person Platform is built as a collaboration between Premium Solutions; an IT Solution provider and Reconnect Healthcare Development Initiative.
The missing persons Platform is a multilevel and multidisciplinary project that revolves around an online database for reporting and cataloguing missing people and verifying unidentified persons.