Vice President Namadi Sambo
A comprehensive report on the development of a Centralised Demographic Database (CDD) for the nation will soon be produced and presented to President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice-President Namadi Sambo has announced.
The document, which will be a harmonised version of the recommendations of the various sub-committees of the Presidential Committee to midwife the streamlining of the development of the database, is intended for use in economic planning, health-care delivery, and educational development and security.
Sambo, who chaired the meeting of the committee yesterday at the State House, Abuja ordered the various sub-committees to harmonise their findings and recommendations so that a comprehensive document would emerge therefrom.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Sani Umar, said the meeting emphasised the need for the National Population Commission (NPC) and other related agencies to collaborate with one another in the discharge of their various statutory functions in order to ensure better service delivery on their mandates.
The meeting also advised the NPC to focus on its strategic architecture as it relates to delivering a credible census by 2016, as well as achieving an enhanced vital Registration System and effective Population Management by collaborating with NIMC. This, according to the understanding at the meeting, would ensure that the latter achieves its own mandate of identity management, including the issuance of National Identity Cards.
The sub-committees submitted various recommendations some of which were: to undertake independent audit of all existing demographic data of various agencies by the second quarter of 2013; conduct Data Producer/Users Workshop to address issues of integration of the database in 2013; select base Identity Management System (IMS) to be deployed by early 2014; NPC and National Identify Management Commission (NIMC) to create a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) for every Nigerian citizen by the first quarter of 2015 and, CDD to be functional by early 2016, among others.
The meeting also cautioned that distinction should be made between national data base and national demographic data base as each of them is used for different purposes.
Sambo had set up a committee chaired by the Minister of NPC to harmonise recommendations of all sub-committees and present its report within one week.