Chris Onyemenam, CEO, NIMC
By George Okoh
The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, has confirmed that over 100 million Nigerians are not properly identified as citizens owing to the non availability of identification database in the country.
In a bid to ensure that the anomaly is corrected, the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Chris Onyemenam has assured that the new progamme being put in place by the Federal Government will tackle the new National Identification Number (NIN), generated for all Nigerians
Onyemenam who disclosed this in Makurdi during a meeting with the Governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam , said even as the new scheme, which will operate through the smart card technology, would ensure that identity of any Nigerian was confirmed at the fingertip when completed, it will also ensure security of lives and enhance business opportunities.
Also, the Director of Information Technology at NIMC, Alhaji Aliya Aziz at the Public Forum held in Makurdi, to sensitise the people of the state on the new National Identification Number project revealed that over 75 percent of the identification cards in circulation in Nigeria were fake because there were no means of authenticating their genuineness.
"Over 100 million Nigerians have no identification either by phone or any other means; and of those we can identify, we discovered that 75 percent of the identification cards in circulation in the country are fake because there are no means of authenticating their genuineness", he added.
As a cost saving device, Onyemenem also confirmed that the registration would not be repeated, as once any Nigerian was captured, the data remained for life which will indeed be one of the benefits the country would derive from the project.
According to Onyemenam, the NIMC team were in Makurdi to sensitize the citizenry on the benefits of the new Identity card scheme .
He added that a number of misrepresentations had been identified in the responses of many Nigerians to the planned project, adding that such outcry were as a result of the past experiences.