By Olasunkanmi Onifade
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has assured Nigerians of a seamless registration process for the National Identification Number (NIN) across the nation and in the Diaspora.
The Acting Director-General of the commission, Mrs Abisoye Coker-Odusote gave the assurance in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
She said that NIN registration remained free for all eligible citizens, and reaffirmed igs commitment towards ensuring accessibility for all Nigerians in line with global best standards.
The new NIMC head also gave her words on a comprehensive national identity system to streamline government services and enhance service delivery.
Coker-Odusote said a unified identity system ensured that citizens receive the services they were entitled to in a more efficient manner.
She said: “NIMC will strengthen the operation and regulation of all matters related to national identity which encompasses services such as NIN enrolment and issuance, national e-ID card issuance, identity verification as well as data harmonisation and authentication.
“It should be noted that in the digital age, integrated identity is the backbone of e-governance initiatives.
“It provides an enabling environment for key government programmes of social safety net, financial inclusion as well as for companies that want to provide innovative products and services to people.
“An integrated identity system will strengthen the government’s fiscal management, promote good governance and transparency through inclusivity and social equality.
“It ensures that marginalised and vulnerable populations are not excluded from government services”.
She acknowledged the challenges millions of Nigerians faced during NIN enrolment and pledged that all issues including long processing time and administrative errors would be fully addressed and resolved.
She also called for understanding and support of the stakeholders within Nigeria’s digital identity space, adding that the commission was committed to speeding up issuance of NINs and provision of other ancillary services to the citizenry.
According to Coker-Odusote, NIMC is devoted to supporting the policy direction of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
This, she said, was by strengthening the issuance of NIN in line with the president’s pledge to lift more Nigerians out of poverty, improve food security, drive economic growth and enhance security. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Bashir Rabe Mani