NIMC boss calls for deliberate efforts to reposition Nigeria through unified identity system
The Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz has stressed the need to put in place, deliberate and long-term plans to chart new pathways that will build resilience, explore emerging trends and capitalize on the opportunities inherent in a unified identity system in order to reposition the country economically and productively.
Meanwhile, the Commission has said that its database has never gone down in the past 11 years contrary to reports being carried by the media explaining that what often occurs is service failure on the part of some of the service providers trying to connect to the NIMC database.
Speaking at a one-day roundtable event organised by the Nigerian Digital Identification for Development (ID4D) for Desk/Liaison officers of the ID4D project yesterday in Abuja, Aziz noted that the unified ID system approach, as well as the ecosystem model, have had a tremendous positive impact on the enrolment figures.
He stated that the National Identity Database currently has over 90 Million records which is a sharp contrast from just 7 million when I assumed office in 2015.
Aziz noted that the primary aim of the strategic roadmap for digital identification in Nigeria is to simplify the approach to identification through a simple data collection process and a centralized unique identification system for Nigerians and Legal Residents which is a sharp contrast to the fragmented multi-issuing ID agencies of the past.
He said, “The movement of the Commission from the Presidency to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy by Mr President was a masterstroke. It ensures synergy of approach, a deepened partnership between relevant agencies, and continued collaboration towards a viable, self-sustaining digital economy for the country. The Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) was conceived by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2017. However, the government realised that without a functioning identification system in place it may not effectively deliver important services to the people”.
He urged the participants to come up with a robust and productive dialogue that would lead to a sustainable, inclusive, unique digital identification for all Nigerians and Legal Residents.
The capacity is 90 million and plans have been concluded to upgrade it to 150 million
Earlier, the Nigeria Digital ID4D Project Coordinator, Solomon, Musa Odole said that the Project Development Objective is to increase the number of persons with a National Identity Number (NIN), issued by a robust and inclusive foundational Identity system, that facilitates their access to services.
According to him, the project is expected to stimulate demand for IDs, based on access to services and is designed, following an ecosystem model, and is not limited to any single organisation by design, the project will promote transparency and accountability, participation, grievance redress and regular monitoring to improve operational performance and mitigation of identified social risks.