FG okays agents to enrol Nigerians, others into NIDB
The Federal Government has approved the licensing of 173 private sector agents and 30 state governments/public sector institutions to enrol Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB) on behalf of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
In a statement in Abuja yesterday, the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, stated that the licensed agents were approved after successfully fulfilling all the conditions in the advertised expression of interest that was done in 2019 as the first step towards the take off of the National Digital Identity Ecosystem Project (NDIEP).
A breakdown of the successful licensees shows that 16 states were licensed. They include Abia, Akwa Ibom, Gombe, Lagos, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Oyo, Ogun, Sokoto and Zamfara states.
Prominent among the public sector institutions licensed are the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Pension Commission, Central Bank of Nigeria (through the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems Plc), National Population Commission, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Joint Tax Board and Nigeria Postal Services.
Other public sector organisations issued licences include Military Pensions Board, Abuja Enterprise Agency, Corporate Affairs Commission, National Health Insurance Scheme, National Agricultural Extension & Research Liaison Services and National Commission for Refugees, Migrants & Internally Displaced Persons.
The main mobile network operators in Nigeria, MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9mobile are among the 173 private sector organisations licensed, while Etranzact, VDT Communications, Unified Payment Services were also successful.
Besides, seven non-governmental organisations were also licensed.
According to Aziz, the licensing of enrolment agents is in line with the Federal Government’s strategy to scale up enrolment and issuance of the National Identification Number (NIN) to Nigerians and legal residents, thereby liberalising the enrolment process and opening up the sector for multiple players.