The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has enrolled 86 million Nigerians into the National Identity Database and issued them the National Identification Number (NIN) from 2012 to July 2022.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), The Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of NIMC, Malam Aliyu Aziz, made this known during a ‘Lunch Time Seminar’ organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in Abuja on Friday.
Aziz who spoke via zoom said that the commission had not relented in its effort to establish the National Identity Database (NIDB), register citizens and non-citizens, and issue a unique identifier NIN, among others.
He reiterated the commission’s commitment to provide identity authentication and verification services, harmonise and integrate existing ID databases, preserve, protect, secure, and safeguard the data in the NIDB.
“NIMC works to collaborate with the public and private sector to realize the ID functions and regulate the Nigerian Identity sector.
“The Commission embarked on an enrolment strategy in 2012, which has grown exponentially since 2015. The current goal is to have enrolled 10 times the number of the previous year.
“The enrolment shows 60,000 in 2012, seven million in 2015, 28 million in 2017, 43 million in 2020, and 86 million as of July 2022 with about 18,000 enrolment centres across Nigeria,’’ Aziz said.
He added that so far, the commission had been harmonising Bank Verification Number ( BVN), mandatory use of NIN for passport application, and renewal and implementation of an ecosystem approach to enrolment.
“Others are the national ID policy for SIM card registration, national policy on digital ID for internally displaced persons, use of NIN for JAMB, completed assessments on technical, cyber security, social, environmental, financial, among others.”
The DG urged BPSR to assist in building and strengthening collaborations and promote the participation of government agencies in the data capture services.