- About 42 million Nigerians only have been captured by the NIMC in the National Identity Number (NIN) exercise
- The director-general of the NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, made the disclosure on Wednesday, September 16, in Abuja
- Aziz urged all Nigerians to register for the NIN now while the registration is still free
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Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) director-general, has said that only 42 million people have been captured on the National Identity Number (NIN) despite Nigeria’s large population.
According to The Nation, Aziz revealed this on Wednesday, September 16, when speaking at the second National Identity Day celebration in Abuja.
The NIMC boss advised Nigerians to register as registration is free as they will start paying for registration of the number in the next three to five years.
Aziz went on to stress that Nigerians should focus on getting the number and not the card. He added that having the number is just as important as getting the Bank Verification Number (BVN).
“It is important to mention that the government is committed to the advancement and immediate acceleration of the identification development programme of the nation.
This identity goal can be fully realised when we leverage the adoption and use of digital identity to improve governance, enhance social accountability, promote security and provide basic services to the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government announced that it has replaced the identity card with a digital means of identification.
This change was announced by the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Thursday, August 13, during a press briefing in Abuja.
The minister, who also chairs the committee, said that the card is no more the focus, adding that the important thing is the NIN. He said the digital process will be domiciled in NIMC
Similarly, the NIMC on Monday, August 17, disclosed to Nigerians that the mobile application designed for digital identification is not yet in use.
This revelation was given by the spokesperson of NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, who said that the application for the online national identity card is still being test run.
Adegoke stated that this became necessary following numerous complaints by Nigerians who try to use the app to upload their details online.
The com'mission's spokesman said that the app is still in the fine-tuning stage to give users the best experience with adequate privacy and data security safeguards, adding that once the test is completed, NIMC will duly inform Nigerians.
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