National identity: Only 24m Nigerians in database – NIMC

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Director-General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, has said that the commission had so far registered 42 million Nigerians on the National Identity database.

Aziz gave the figure while speaking during an interactive session with members of the media to commemorate the 2020 National Identity Day which held under the theme: “Identity for Health, Sustainable Development and Growth” in Abuja, yesterday.

Explaining that NIMC requires additional 4,000 centres to effectively speed up the enrollment process, Aziz said that the commission currently had 1,000 enrollment centres which according to him, was not enough to cover the population of the country.

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According to Aziz, the idea behind the introduction of digital Identity Ecosystem was to enable government have easy access to accurate data of citizens for the provision of social services.

“Through the system, we are working on modalities to capture 2.8 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within two to three months. We were able to collate 14 million data from other government agencies through data harmonisation process. Our major focus now is national identity number (NIN) because the card is for convenience. With your full cooperation, participation and consistent support, we can bequeath a robust and sustainable system of national identity to our dear nation and future generations. If you are yet to enroll and obtain your NIN, I urge you to do so as soon as possible,” he said.

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Aziz also charged members of the public to report any act of extortion by members of staff of the commission especially during enrollment process.

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