Over 88 million Nigerians captured while registering national identity – Voice of Nigeria
As many as 88 million Nigerians and other legal residents have been captured under the National ID registration exercise so far.
The Managing Director/General Manager DG/CEO, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC Aliyu Abubakar made the above statement on Thursday at the Olubadan Residence in Ibadanland when he led the team executive from NIMC during a courtesy call on the monarch.
Speaking through the Head of Finance and Investment of the Commission, Mr. Akinola Abolaji, who led the delegation to the palace, the NIMC boss said the visit was in commemoration of the Day of the 2022 identity on the theme “Traditional institutions, essential stakeholders for citizen mobilization”. ”
The DG/CEO said: “The Identity Day (Identity Day) campaign is the ongoing call for government authorities in every country in the world to officially recognize September 16 as Identity Day. The choice of date related to the Sustainable Development Goals which call for legal identity for all, including birth registration by 2030.
He explained that the ID-Day campaign was launched by ID4Africa during the 4th annual meeting of the ID4Africa movement on April 24, 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria.
He said the initiative was met with strong support where more 1500 individual signatures around the world endorsed the proposal.
Abubakar revealed that the Nigerian government has approved the recognition of the date in 2020 as National Identity Day in Nigeria, otherwise known as ID-Day, to raise awareness of the role identity plays in empowering individuals to exercise their rights and responsibilities fairly and equitably in modern society. .
He took the opportunity to authenticate the activities of involvement of certain individuals in the registration of the NIN.
He noted that the Commission had issued licenses to private partners (Front End Partners, FEP) to increase registration and ensure that all Nigerians are captured.
Abubakar said approved partners are representatives of NIMC, charged with the responsibility of enrolling Nigerian citizens with a token and are funded by the government.
He noted that their license allows them to provide front-end services but not modify existing data.
According to him, the Commission has been transferred to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
He said: “We all agreed that Nigeria needs an effective identity management system more than ever to combat the threat of security issues in the country and the identity problem that Nigerians living in the Diaspora face on a daily basis. .
“It is imperative and important at this stage in the growth of our NIDB and the recognition of the day of identification to move to the grassroots for the registration of individuals where the traditional institution has a key role to play in mobilizing citizens for the issuance of the NIN”, Abubakar added.
Welcoming the visitors, the Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, congratulated the NIMC for the achievement.
He said that the Commission had proven its ability and capacity in relation to its core mandates and deserved all the encouragement needed to do more as the country still has a long way to go, considering its over 200 million inhabitants.
The monarch described the activities of the NIMC as very crucial and strategic for the growth, progress and development of the country.
He pointed out that the country might not have been so overwhelmed by the current challenges of insecurity if it had an up-to-date database.
While acknowledging the role of traditional institutions in mobilizing citizens for every mass-oriented agenda of the government, the monarch tasked the NIMC team to ensure that the expected awareness is created, especially at the grassroots. , to make the mobilization of responsibility transparent. .
He further instructed the Nigerian government not to look back in its determination to ensure that Nigeria ranks among the top nations with an accurate database across the globe.