Director General of NIMC, Mr. Chris Onyemenam
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has assured Nigerians of the Commission’s commitment to deliver reliable irrefutable and secured National identity of Nigerians and legal residents.
Director General of NIMC, Mr. Chris Onyemenam, stated this in Enugu, while presenting a paper titled, “National Identity Management System (NIMS): How the system will work and how it will benefit you and the Government”.
Onyemenam, who highlighted some key issues that led to the current insecurity challenges in Nigeria, stated that an average Nigerian parades multiple and unreliable identities. He said over 75 per cent fake and counterfeits identities have been discovered in Nigeria.
According to Onyemenam, the problem has further been compounded by excessive focus on ID card issuance without ID Authentication and Verification Services.
He said: “Over 100 million Nigerians have no official identities while 75 per cent of identity documents are fake and self-issued with no timely means of authenticating the documents.”
He also revealed that less than 20 per cent of the Nigeria population has access to financial services and that actual total bank cards were less than 10 per cent of the population.
Onyemenam noted that the solution to the long time issue of valid identification was a paradigm shift from ID card issuance to Identity Management System that NIMC was set-up to establish.
The NIMS project, he explained, is in five components: the establishment of reliable, secured and accurate National Database, assigning of National Identification Number (NIN), issuance of Multi-purpose cards (GMPC), provision of infrastructure that will be used for verification and confirmation of identity, and harmonisation of all existing government Agencies’ databases in Nigeria.
Furthermore, he disclosed that live enrolment had started since February, 2012 and would run in three phases.
He said phase 1, which had since commenced involved enrolment at state level; phase 2, will commence as extension of enrolment at the Local Government Levels, while phase 3 will come under mobile enrolment largely aimed at capturing Nigerians living in remote areas.