Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has launched the National Identification Number (NIN), an exercise he said was crucial to infrastructure and social development.
He launched the scheme in Abuja.
“Our effort and commitment to work for a greater Nigeria has brought us here for the launch of an Enrolment Exercise for the Issuance of a National Identification Number (NIN). The importance of 'proof of identity' documentation as a critical social infrastructure for national development cannot be over-emphasised,” he said at the launch of the exercise.
He said valuable time and resources expended in the past, at delivering an effective identity platform had been met with limited success.
“As we recalibrate our efforts, we must avoid the pitfalls of the past, and stay focused on achieving results. This explains why I had set up a Committee chaired by the Vice President, to fashion the modalities required to institute a central demographic database.”
According to the President, the Committee has recommended that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the National Population Commission (NPC), despite their separate obligations, work more closely, to complement each other and help deliver a comprehensive centralized national database.
He said Nigeria could not be an exception to the global trend towards Identity Management and Centralised National Identity Database.
“Already, there is a growing quest for specific databases and identity verification by several government institutions and private sector organizations in our country.”
He added that he growing identity verification needs in the country calls for harmonization and integration of identity databases and the development of a universal service infrastructure.
“To achieve this goal, the National Identity Management Commission should ensure that by December 31, 2014 all persons eligible for registration as provided for in Section 16 of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Act No. 23, of 2007 are enrolled into the National Identity Database. By this same date, all government agencies requiring identity verification and authentication services or involved in data capture activities must align their activities with a view to switching over to the NIMC infrastructure.”
– CAJ News