NIMC Enrolls 107.34 Million Nigerians inNational ID Database

NIMC registers 107.34 million Nigerians in its National Identification Number database, exceeding half of the projected population. The Commission plans to introduce a new multipurpose NIN card, which will offer enhanced convenience and functionality.

Bijay Laxmi
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NIMC Enrolls 107.34 Million Nigerians inNational ID Database

NIMC Enrolls 107.34 Million Nigerians inNational ID Database

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced a significant milestone in its ongoing nationwide National Identification Number (NIN) enrollment drive. As of May 2024, the Commission has successfully registered 107.34 million Nigerians in the NIN database, marking a notable increase from the 85.6 million recorded in December 2023.

Why this matters: The successful implementation of anational identity management system has far-reaching implications for governance, security, and service delivery in Nigeria. A comprehensive and robust national ID system can also facilitate financial inclusion, improve access to essential services, and enhance overall economic development.

NIMC Director-General, Abisoye Coker-Odusote, disclosed these figures during a media interactive session in Abuja. She emphasized the Commission's commitment to capturing all Nigerians in the shortest possible time, stating, "As of today, our database shows a total enrollment of 107.34 million, which exceeds half of the projected Nigerian population."

The NIMC aims to reach the 200 million mark soon, following the completion of system upgrades at its headquarters and enrollment centers across the country. Coker-Odusote highlighted ongoing efforts to refurbish the Commission's infrastructure by deploying advanced technologies to replace outdated equipment, some of which were acquired as far back as 2011.

In addition to the enrollment milestone, the NIMC also announced plans to introduce a new general multipurpose NIN card. While obtaining a NIN will remain free, Nigerians will be required to pay a fee to access the new card through financial institutions. "Just like how you pay to access your ATM cards in the banks, Nigerians will pay through the banks to access their cards within 48 hours after payment to get the digital multipurpose card," explained Coker-Odusote.

The proposed card is expected to offer enhanced convenience and functionality, eliminating the need for multiple identification documents. It will be designed to facilitate payments, access to government services, and travel. The NIMC is collaborating with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Interbank Settlement System, Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited, and Galaxy Backbone to ensure a seamless rollout of the cards.

The NIMC's progress in NIN enrollment and its plans for a multipurpose card represent significant steps towards establishing a comprehensive and robust national identity management system in Nigeria. The NIN, a unique identifier assigned to each citizen, has gained prominence in recent years as a cornerstone of various government initiatives aimed at enhancing security, governance, and service delivery.

As the NIMC continues its enrollment drive andsystem upgrades, it remains focused on its mission to provide reliable and secure identity management services to all Nigerians. The Commission's efforts to expand coverage, improve infrastructure, and introduce innovative solutions like the multipurpose card are expected to have far-reaching impacts on various aspects of Nigerian society, from financial inclusion to access to essential services.