The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Wilson Mbaddi has today the 7th of September commissioned and launched the biometrics systems and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Identity Cards at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA) Headquarters at Mbuya.
In his remarks, the CDF commended the Ministry Of Defence and Veteran Affairs and the Chieftaincy of Integrated Resource Management Information System (CIRMIS) for the upgrade made on the biometrics. He noted that the dynamics of ICT are evolving very fast and this electronic system will make jobs easier. “Upgrading is going to make the system more efficient and effective.” he noted.
The system has an embedded biometrics component for verification and identity card printing designed to effectively identify the UPDF personnel. It is also among the various interventions meant to streamline personnel accountability at work.
The CDF thanked the team for the perseverance and contribution towards the IRMIS and implored them to work on a few challenges to enhance output. “This will help people to spend less time on desks and engage in activities that enhance ones health.”he concluded.
The Ministry of Defende under the Secretary for Finance and Administration, Ms Edith Butuuro who represented the Permanent Secretary, congratulated the Chief of IRMIS for the success achieved and the endurance.
“Despite the hardships, he had the zeal for the work, competence and the skills. We wouldn’t have been here. I am glad that both mother and baby are well. ” She complimented.
The Chief Integrated Resource Management Information Systems Brig Gen Baguma Mugume, in his remarks mentioned that the project will provide the institution with a smart and secure IDs for identification, as well as reports of verification and roll call attendance.
He noted that the Human Resource Management (HRM) system or the IRMIS that integrates with the biometrics was long overdue for upgrade and therefore the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA) and the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) needs to prioritize investing in systems as a way of improving work processes and service delivery.
Brig. Gen Baguma thanked the CDF Chieftaincies and staff of the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs for their keen interest in the system, prompt facilitation, support, guidance accorded to implement the project
In attendance was the Joint Chief of Staff, Major Gen Leopold Kyanda, Chief of Staff Airforce, Brig. Gen David Gonyi the Chief of Staff Land Forces, Brig. Gen. Bob Ogik and Brig Gen Mwanje Ssekiranda, the Chief of Staff, Reserve Forces among other Chiefs, Directors and Staff officers from the Joint services.