OLU OJO PHILLIPS
To tackle the issues of insufficient enrolment centres, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in partnership with the World Bank, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the European Union (EU) will deploy Digital Identity Ecosystem (DIE).
Under the ecosystem arrangement, the commission will license both public and private sector concerns to capture both demographic and biometric data of those that have not yet been captured into the National Identity Database (NIDB).
The ecosystem is a NIMC Project in partnership with the World Bank, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the European Union (EU) that seeks to scale up the enrolment process.
The system will allow licensed government and private partners to enrol and issue the NIN to individuals and send data to the NIMC backend.
This will guarantee an increase in enrolment figures, expansion in enrolment centres nationwide and speedy delivery of the NIMC services. NIMC Director-General Aliyu Aziz has declared.
Aziz calls on Nigerians and legal residents that are yet to enrol for the NIN to comply to avoid being disenfranchised.
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He also urged the government and private agencies that are not in compliance with the implementation of the mandatory use of NIN to commence so before the Commission begins high scale enforcements.
The NIMC commends government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and the public for embracing the mandatory use of the NIN for identification, which has led to the rapid growth of the NIDB.
Aziz attributed the embrace by the general public to the implementation by the stakeholders of the commission especially members of the data harmonization committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that a unified identity database is achieved.
NIMC was established by the pursuant to Act No. 23 of 2007 to amongst others create and manage the national identity database, enrol citizens and legal residents and issue them a unique NIN, a general multipurpose card as well as harmonize and integrate existing identification databases in government agencies into the national identity database.