CheckMyPeople launches Identity Verification Service (IVS) under License from National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)
A call has been made for Nigerians to carry out background checks before hiring domestic workers for their homes. This admonition was given by CheckMyPeople Limited, at the public unveiling of its Identity Verification Services (IVS).
“ENSURE YOUR STAFF ARE WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE!
#TRUST BUT VERIFY”
An Online Community Policing platform, CheckMyPeople Limited, has identified one of the greatest risks households in Nigeria face today as dependence on unknown and unverified persons for domestic services . A representative of CheckMyPeople, Mr. Chudi Obiofuma, noted that Nigerian households employ domestic staff to help with many tasks, and can afford to have on average two to three domestic staff working for them in one capacity or other. Job responsibilities include; Drivers, Cooks, Maids, Nannies, Security Men, Gate Keepers, Child Minders, Lesson coaches, etc.
According to Mr. Obiofuma, the way employers recruit people is usually by word of mouth, and not based on any data or documentation. People are usually employed through an informal process of referrals, where a family will request the services of a person or agency to search then present candidates for screening and employment, often for a significant finder’s fee plus expenses.
These families, he maintained, rely on the words of these middle men and women and have no way of independently verifying the information provided to them. Consequently, most families have been disappointed with the quality of services provided by their domestic staff, and some have been subjected to theft, job abandonment, poor services, incompetence, and in extreme cases, physical harm to their families like poisoning, kidnapping and even murder.
He also noted that we as employers do not communicate with each other. This “wall of silence” is the reason why these criminal elements posing as domestic staff can move from home to home, committing crimes, as there are no records of such crimes available to prospective employers. Thus, someone is able to commit a crime in one home, gets fired and quickly get a job in another home under a new name. With no knowledge of their past, the unsuspecting family bring them in and they are able to commit even more serious crimes. As currently practiced he maintained, employers have no way of determining who these people are, where they have worked, what they have done in the past and if they have a criminal past.
To address this absence of background information on prospective domestic employees, he said CheckMyPeople has introduced the concept of Online Community Policing . This, he explained is where families come together in an online community to share information about domestic staff that they employ in their homes. Each family is responsible for documenting the people that work for them on an online database.
He believes that when every member of the community document their staff, the community gets to maintain a comprehensive work history of all domestic employees within that community, and hopefully Nigeria at large. So with records maintained by current and past employers, communication is established with prospective employers, who are able to see the employment history of each applicant, and better able to assess the risks associated with hiring them, especially if there is a criminal record in their past.
Launch of Identity Verification Service (IVS)
Checkmypeople launches the Identity Verification Service for employers to enable verification against the National Database maintained by NIMC, to ensure people are who they say they are.
The rising rate of crime within the nation’s business ecosystem has been blamed on identity theft. To curb such incidence, an online community policing platform, CheckMyPeople Limited, in partnership with National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has launched Identification Verification System (IVS) to prevent forgery and crimes among employees especially the domestic ones.
Checkmypeople featured on Businessday promoting the concept of Online Community Policing.
CheckMyPeople featured on Seriously Speaking with Adesuwa Onyenokwe to discuss the risks associated with hiring unverified persons as Domestic Helps in our homes.
Seriouslyspeakingonline: Yetty Williams, Saudat Salami and Chudi Obiofuma have created platforms designed to help every today’s woman find help the best way.
They will tell you more about this on March 11th on Channels TV UK – 5:30 pm and Channels (DSTV) – 7:30 pm