The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has moved closer to achieving its 2017 set target of registered Nigerians into the National Identity Database with the registration of 21,360,000 Nigerians by the first week of September. The Director General/CEO of the Commission, Aliyu Aziz had set the goal to register 28 million Nigerians into the database, by the end of December, 2017.
In less than two years since he took over the mantle of leadership as the boss of the Commission, Aziz has pushed the registered number of Nigerians from seven million to over twenty-one million in spite of the paucity of funds confronting the agency. Aliyu took over the leadership of the Commission in November 2015.
All the registrants, according to the press statement released by the Commission have been issued their National Identification Number (NIN). The new enrolment figure was reached as at the close of work on 6th September, 2017.
In order to achieve the set target, it was stated in the press statement that has approved additional enrolment centres. “The Commission has also setup more enrolment Centres across the 36 States of the federation and the FCT, bringing the number of enrolment centres to about 805”, according to the statement.
With the deployment of additional enrolment centres, NIMC is currently active in 556 Local Government Areas (LGAs), and is working to activate dormant centres in the remaining 218 LGAs in order to expand enrolment coverage.
According to him, the Commission has continued to record exponential growth in the population of the database, despite the challenges facing the Commission, even as the country gradually exists recession.
Despite the challenges and constraints, the Director General who is undaunted, has continued to manage the scarce resources, to ensure that the database is populated before commencing enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN for all identity based transactions.