Nigeria’s National ID Card Registration: “All Citizens Must Register By Dec 2014” – Jonathan

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Oct 17, 2013 – Nigerian National Identity Card Project Registration: “All Nigerian Citizens Must Register By December 2014” – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday inaugurated the National Identity Card Project with a directive that all eligible Nigerians should be registered by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) by December 2014.

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Jonathan gave the directive during a ceremony at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he also launched the National Identification Number (NIN), expressing displeasure at the proliferation of data capturing activities by private and public institutions in the country.

“Aside from being unwieldy, the cost of operating multiple discordant data bases and infrastructure is unsustainable.

“Government cannot afford continued proliferation of data capture activities. Proliferation does not grant any advantage in efficiency neither does it make good economic sense. The growing identity verification needs, therefore, calls for harmonization and integration of identity data bases in the development of a universal service infrastructure.

“To achieve this goal, the National Identity Management Commission should ensure that by Dec. 31, 2014 all persons eligible for registration as provided for in section 16 of the National Identity Management Act No. 23 of 2007 are enrolled into the national identity data base.“

According to the President, all government agencies requiring identity verification and authentication services or involved in data capture activities should align their activities with a view to switching over to NIMC infrastructure.

He said: “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Federal Ministry of Finance must ensure that these objectives, which are aimed at streamlining biometrically-linked databases and optimising scarce resources, are accomplished in record time.“

He expressed the hope that by the time the projects were completed, they would assist the National Population Commission (NPC) in carrying out the 2016 census.

He stated that in spite of their separate obligations, NIMC and NPC needed to work more closely to deliver a comprehensive centralised national database urgently.

Jonathan also urged the private sector to partner with NIMC in ensuring an efficient national database for the country.

“While Government remains committed to the accelerated development of the National Identity Management System (NIMS), the private sector must also rise up to its role.

“Corporate operators must seize the unique opportunities provided by the Concession Agreement to make investments in the scheme.

“Private sector participation would mean extended optimization of resources typically devoted to addressing issues of Proof of Identity across the nation.

“It would also mean seamless integration and use of a common facility for identity verification and authentication in both the public and private sectors,“ the President said.

In his remark, the Director-General of NIMC, Mr Chris Onyemena, expressed the hope that the identity card project would collapse other data capturing activities earlier embarked upon by some institutions in the country.

He said the project remained the most important tool for the harmonisation and integration of government policies and programmes.

Onyemena added that NIMC would partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to educate Nigerians, especially rural dwellers, on the need for them to obtain their national identification numbers. [News Agency Report]

73 thoughts on “Nigeria’s National ID Card Registration: “All Citizens Must Register By Dec 2014” – Jonathan

  1. My name is Obukowho Patience Ejiro (Mrs) from Imo state but I reside in Maraba Nasarawa State, I want to register for the National ID Card. How and where can i register, please.

  2. Am Obukowho Francis Delta State by origin. I registered for the National ID Card early last year in Abuja but up till date I have not collected. Please when would it be ready and where do I go for the collection.

  3. Good morning,my name nah kingsley obomanu i from opobo Rivers state. Abeg
    How i go take het or register for my national ID. Thank You.

  4. gud evening my names are Dada Emmanuel Abiodun I have done the registration since 2013 till now we haven’t seen it and one of my friend in Ibadan has got his own pls what is delaying ours bcos am having a problem with that card I did it in osogbo please act and answer me quickly

  5. pls am Dada Emmanuel Abiodun I have done the registration since 2013 and one of my friend in Ibadan has got his own and till now we haven’t seen it and am very in need of it so how will it be

  6. gud evening my names are Dada Emmanuel Abiodun I have done the registration since 2013 till now we haven’t seen it and one of my friend in Ibadan has got his own pls what is delaying ours bcos am having a problem with that card I did it in osogbo please act and answer me quickly

  7. I register since January 10, 2013 but up to now I haven’t see text which shows that my card is ready and I don’t know why?

  8. Please direct now, how to register for my national identification card.
    Thanks

  9. I muheebdeen sulyman olamilekan,i register for my national id card but still yet i dd not see my card collect till nw…

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