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ID commission advocates for online portal adoption

16 January 2014, 16:05Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos – The National Identity Commission (NIMC) has, in an effort to curb congestion at its offices, asked citizens to take make the most of its online platform to register.

The commission said it was battling to handle the number of applicants that besieged its offices daily for physical registration.

Director General of the commission, Chris Onyemenam, urged people to first use the online platform for the preliminary stage of the registration.

He said that the agency’s online portal was capable of accommodating 40 million users.

Onyemenam said that the pre-enrolment portal is a simplified version of the enrolment form and was created by the agency for citizens in Nigeria and the Diaspora to complete their demographic enrolment before going to an enrolment centre for biometric capture.

He stressed that the demographic aspects of enrolment are better conducted online.

Onyemenam urged Nigerians to make use of the portal in order to avoid crowding at the enrolment centres as it has the advantages of saving time and ensuring that enrolment centres are not crowded.

The NIMC executive explained that the resolution of the finger print takes time and that those who made use of the Internet portal spent less time than when they came into enrolment centres for their demographics.

According to him, people only had to come to the enrolment centre for their biometrics data capture.

“We created a user friendly interface through the Internet for citizens to conclude their demographic enrolment. By that, they supply information like their names, surnames, sex, gender, dates of birth and details of next of kin, occupational status and so on and so forth,” he added.

The commission’s has a capacity to enroll 20 000 a day.

- CAJ News


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