The management of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) have entered into talks as a support base to fast track the enrolment of every Nigerians in the diaspora for the National Identity Number (NIN), which is a mandatory requirement for the identification of every Nigerian citizen.
Speaking to technology correspondents on Saturday in Lagos, the Director General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz said that Nigerians in the diaspora would not be left out in the enrolment exercise aimed at giving every Nigerian a single identity. Apart from the partnership with NIDO, he said that the Commission would also be working in collaboration with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigerian embassies to ensure the interface of NIMC’s server with the equipment for passport issuance at the foreign missions across the world.
He clarified that NIMC will not redeploy staff to the foreign missions for the purpose of this NIN enrolments. Rather, he stated that relevant personnel at the foreign mission would be given enrolment skills and management of the processes for the issuance of the NIN.
The NIMC boss said that the Nigerian enrolment system would be remodelled to the strategy deployed by the Indian authority which has captured about one billion biometrics. According to him, out of the 18.5 million already enrolled, only 1.2 million national electronic identity cards (e-ID) have been printed. He assured that NIMC was up to the task of fulfilling its mandates with the national identification. He said that the NIMC has established presence in 556 Local Government Councils in Nigeria and with facilities to capture in 23 out of the 36 states of Nigeria. So far, he said that NIMC has established “up to 809 NIN enrolment centres nationwide.”
Reeling out the many benefits of the NIN, Aziz said that these include one person one identity, enhanced participation in the political process, enhanced tool to fight corruption and terrorism, enabling citizens to exercise their rights and facilitate management of subsidies and safety net payments as applicable to internally displaced persons (IDPs). He said as well that the NIN facilitates service delivery in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), supporting the work of law enforcement agencies, thereby improving public safety, policing national security and border protection. Besides, he said that NIN is helpful in laundering Nigeria’s image, elimination of ghost and multiple identities and enhanced ability of citizens to assert their identity.