The National Identity Management Commission's (NIMC) Director-General, Aliyu Aziz, has reported that over 93.5 million National Identity Number (NIN) enrollments have been recorded in the organisation's national database.
He revealed this during a one-day roundtable meeting held on Tuesday in Abuja by Identify for Development (ID4D).
The programme was organised for desk officers of the partners in the ecosystem that is implementing the Nigeria Digital Identification Project.
The Director of Public Services, Ibrahim Abdullahi, spoke on behalf of Aziz and said that the new strategies had had a significant impact on the national database's enormous growth to its current 93.5 million record count.
“The unified ID system approach as well as the ecosystem model has had a tremendous positive impact on the enrollment figure.
“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.”
He argued that thoughtful, long-term planning was necessary to identify new routes that would prioritise national projects.
”There is also the need to build resilience, explore emerging trends and capitialise on opportunities inherent in a unified ID system in order to reposition our country economically, as well as productively.”
The meeting, according to Musa Idole, the national coordinator of ID4D, was to establish a single point of contact with each participant in the ecosystem's implementation.
He said that by doing this, partners would be sure to not miss any crucial project implementation steps.
Idole also disclosed that the World Bank, European Investment Bank, and the French Development Agency were all partners in funding the Nigeria Digital ID4D project.
“The Project Development Objective is to increase the number of persons with a National Identity Number (NIN), issued by a robust and inclusive foundational Identity system, that facilitates their access to services.
“By design, the project will promote transparency and accountability, participation, grievance redress and regular monitoring to improve operational performance and mitigation of identified social risks.
“The project will establish a national consultation mechanism, to sustain dialogue with stakeholders and marginalised groups to receive feedback that would improve project implementation.
“We are taking deliberate steps to ensure that the challenge of inter-agency rivalry is a thing of the past.
"It is in the overriding interest of Nigeria that institutions of government collaborate.
“We, therefore, call for synergy among all public institutions in Nigeria, particularly, those involved in the country’s ID ecosystem.
"We seek your collaboration and active participation in the project implementation,” he said.
Director, Database NIMC, Olufemi Fabunmi, said: “NIMC will increase its server capacity to 250 million from 100 million after a service upgrade.
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