The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has enrolled over 11 million unique data of Nigerians into the National Identity Database (NIDB) even as it said it is committed to carrying out its statutory responsibility to Nigeria and to Nigerians.
Director-General/CEO of the Commission, Engr. Aliyu Aziz in Abuja gave the assurance over the weekend said the agency has also printed about a million National e-ID Cards, and have issued over 400,000 of these cards to their owners, while noting that most of the unissued cards are lying in the NIMC state offices, awaiting the owners to come and collect them.
Aziz said “there are ongoing plans to outsource the personalising and printing of the National e-ID Card to private printing bureaus, so that we can clear the backlog of the unprinted cards and issue them to their owners before long” he said noting that the Commission is recently facing funding challenges which seems to be slowing down its planned activities and timeliness.
He said this is not peculiar to NIMC as the country is currently undergoing economic restructuring, and scarcity of funds, as such allocations are not readily made available to MDAs, including NIMC. This is a temporary interruption that will soon be over, as government is geared towards reinvigorating the funding mechanism for the Commission.
However, the funding challenge has not deterred NIMC from carrying out its obligations as it has continued to provide service at its over 400 Enrolment Centres across the country, and the number of citizens who have obtained their NIN has continued to increase, even as more Nigerians have been urged to go to the closest NIMC enrolment Centres to register.
He added that NIMC has also refocused its efforts on the harmonisation of data with other agencies such a Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) on the Bank Verification Number (BVN) records and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards, as it has become imperative to ensure it ramps up the records in the national identity database to deliver better service to the nation.