A call has been made for Nigerians to carry out background checks before hiring domestic workers for their homes. This admonition was given by the founder of CheckMyPeople Limited, Chudi Obiofuma at the public unveiling of its Identity Verification Services (IVS).
Obiofuma identified one of the greatest risks households in Nigeria face today as dependence on unknown and unverified persons for domestic services. He is of the opinion that getting vital information about prospective employees can save them from being the next victim of domestic staff fraud and can also save their loved ones from death, physical and psychological injuries.
According to 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.”
To address this absence of background information on prospective domestic employees, Obiofuma 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 the domestic staff that they employ in their homes.
He noted that CheckMyPeople has provided an online database platform that will allow registered users in Nigeria to document their domestic staff as well as record their professional and personal interactions with them.
Obiofuma also disclosed that CheckMyPeople has adopted the National Identification Number (NIN) as the unique identifier on their platform. According to him “NIN is critical because It is associated with stringent biometric data collection by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), and uniquely identifies every registered Nigerian. Additionally, it can be verified against the NIMC database to ensure authenticity before it is used on the CheckMyPeople platform”
This service, he stated, is a very crucial step in every employer’s ability to conduct effective due diligence. With this, employers will be able to establish upfront that people are who they say they are.
Head Corporate Services NIMC, Kayode Adegoke further advised employers of domestic staff to always insist that every prospective employee has a National Identification Number (NIN), which will help them do their due diligence. He urged Nigerians to join the community by registering for free and take advantage of the many benefits to protect your homes and families.
Also present at the commissioning was Nosa Mamman-Odey, Acting Zonal Commander, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), said the agency has collaborated with CheckMyPeople, to bring to the barest minimum, crime especially those done by domestic staffs.