The Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Aliyu Aziz, has said that the National Identity Number (NIN) enrollment has hit over 93.5 million in the national database.
He said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a one-day roundtable meeting organised by the Identify for Development (ID4D). The programme was organised for desk officers of the Nigeria Digital Identification Project’s ecosystem implementing partners. Aziz, represented by the Director of Public Services, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the new approaches had greatly impacted on the huge increase on the national database to the current 93.5 million.
“Currently, the National Identity Database has over 90 million (93.5m) records, which is a sharp contrast from just 7 million when I assumed office in 2015.
“The primary aim of the strategic roadmap for digital identification in Nigeria is to simplify the approach to identification through simple data collection process and a centralised unique identification system for Nigeria and legal residents. This is a sharp contrast to the fragmented multi-issuing ID agencies of the past,” Aziz said.
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He said that there was the need to put in place deliberate and long-term plans to chart new pathways that would prioritise national projects.
The National Coordinator of ID4D, Mr Musa Idole, said the meeting was to fashion out a single point of contact with each of the ecosystem implementing partners.
He said that the Nigeria Digital ID4D was a project jointly funded by the World Bank, European Investment Bank and the French Development Agency.
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