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NIMC extends diaspora enrolment programme to UAE, UK


Aliyu Abubakar Aziz

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended the Diaspora enrolment programme, which kicked off in South Africa early this month, to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and United Kingdom (UK).

NIMC Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Aliyu Aziz, said the extension was in line with the commission’s mandate to ensure that all Nigerian citizens home and abroad and legal residents in Nigeria are enrolled into the National Identity Database and issued the unique National Identification Number (NIN) upon successful enrolment.

Aziz said the NIN enrolment in UAE and the UK was in collaboration with the Defcon Systems Limited (DSL) and the National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL), Nigerian companies licensed by the NIMC to serve as its agents and carry out enrolment services across the globe with a view to ensuring best-in-class services and inclusivity.

The exercise, according to a statement from the commission yesterday, will involve the demographic and biometrics data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the two countries.While the UAE programme is scheduled to take off today, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the Online Integrated Solutions DMCC Office, 22nd Floor, Silver Tower, Cluster I Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai, UAE, the UK programme will take off on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Online Integrated Solutions offices: OIS Services, 56/57 Fleet Street, London EC4Y IJU, UK and OIS Services, St. Georges House 6, St. Georges Way, Leicester LE1 1SH, UK.

The DG/CEO of NIMC further reiterated that the programme will make it easier for Nigerians in Diaspora to be identified as the Federal Government of Nigeria has made the possession of NIN a mandatory requirement for elections, bank account opening, land transactions, access to legal/health services, acquisition/renewal of the International Passport, Driver’s Licence and the ECOWAS travel document, among others.


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