NIMC begins diaspora enrolment in South Africa
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is set to commence enrolment of Nigerian adults and children in South Africa into its database for the issuance of the National Identification Number (NIN).
The Director-General, NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz, said this in a statement by the Commission’s Spokesman, Mr Loveday Chika Ogbonna, on Friday in Abuja.
Aziz said that the launch of the diaspora enrolment in South Africa was in collaboration with Thebez Global Resources Limited (TGR) in a bid to ensure that Nigerians living outside the country were not disenfranchised.
According to him, six Nigerian companies have been licensed to work with their respective partners across all countries such as Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
He listed the licensed Nigerian companies to include; Biosec Solutions Limited, CHAMS Consortium Limited, Defcon Systems Limited, National eAuthentication Limited, Thebez Global Resources and Venn Technology Limited.
Aziz said that the six companies would carry out the enrolment of Nigerian adults and children in the diaspora into the National Identity Database (NIDB).
“They will be issued with the National Identification Number upon enrolment and subsequently the General Multipurpose Card (GMPC)’’.
He, however, said that requisite standard guidelines and regulations have been put in place to ensure the effective implementation of the National Identity Management Systems (NIMS).
He added that NIMC would ensure the provision of the right platform for providing digital identity for Nigerians and legal residents and Nigerians in diaspora.
He said that the South Africa NIN enrolment centre located at 205 Rivonia road; Morningside, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2057 will open for enrolment from Wednesday, March 6
He also added that appointments could be made through the TGR website, “http://nin.thebezglobalresource.com/”nin.thebezglobalresource.com from Monday, March 4
The director said: “it is expected that other countries will come on board on the platform of Thebez Global Resources Limited after the South Africa pilot exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that Thebez Global Resources Limited is a Nigerian owned firm with global presence and years of experience in identity management solutions.
The company is in the business of providing similar services by themselves and in partnership with other similar companies in diaspora jurisdictions. (NNN)
Edited by Remi Koleoso/Wale Ojetimi
National Identity Management Day: Okowa underscores importance of data in national planning
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has underscored the need for reliable data collection and coordination for national planning and development.
Okowa laid the emphasis on Wednesday, when Mrs Henrietta Okolo, the Coordinator of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Delta, paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Asaba.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Mr Kingsley Otuar, said that inadequate data for planning purposes, posed a very huge challenge to the development of the country.
“Without appropriate data, there cannot be planning and development, and if there is planning and development without appropriate data, it will be haphazard and will not achieve the purpose it was meant for.
He said it was regrettable that only 48 million of the estimated 200 million Nigerians had been registered by NIMC and possessed the National Identity Cards.
He, however, called on the commission and other stakeholders to redouble efforts toward ensuring that more Nigerians were registered.
Okowa charged NIMC to do more to sensitise the people on the importance of registering for the national identity card.
The governor assured the commission of the state government’s support and partnership in ensuring that more Delta people registered.
“We thank you for coming today as we join you in celebrating our National Identity Day.
“NIMC has lots of work to do to ensure that we have reliable data for our national planning and development.
“I am sure that with the support of the Federal and State Governments and all stakeholders, we will be able to achieve that laudable objective of having reliable data for our national planning.
“For us in Delta, we take very serious cognisance of the fact that we cannot do without reliable data in our planning for the development of our state.
“You have alluded to our using the National Identity Number (NIN) in registering our people for the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme.
“We can’t afford a situation where women in rural areas have difficulty in paying their medical bills.
“As a state, we will bring our people into the health insurance scheme to provide the much needed health care for them,” Okowa said.
Earlier, Okolo said she led the management of the commission in the state on an advocacy visit to the governor to commemorate this year’s National Identity Management Day.
She said the theme of this year’s edition of the national identity management was “Identity for Health, Sustainable Development and Growth.”
The state coordinator said the theme was apt in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the management of palliatives by various governments and donor agencies.
“This is the second edition of the celebration.
“We had the maiden edition in 2019 and the essence of celebrating this day is to create awareness on the importance of identification for national planning and development.
“NIMC was created by the federal government to collate all existing data bases from other agencies and manage them into a secured data base that can be relied upon by government for proper planning and development of the citizenry.
“As at today, you can’t renew your international passport without your national identification number, and it is also required in accessing the NHIS,” she said. .
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta
FG declares Sept. 16 as National Identity Day
The Federal Government has declared Sept. 16 as National Identity Day and has supported the enrolment of Nigerians for Digital Identity (ID) across the country.
Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said this in a statement signed by Mrs Uwa Suleiman, his spokesperson on Tuesday, in Abuja.
Pantami reminded Nigerians of the importance of digital identity, adding that the ministry was developing the right policy environment to support enrolment for digital IDs in the country.
He said that the celebration of the National Identity Day would take place virtually, adding that digital IDs play critical roles in the development of digital economies, as they were often called the fabrics of the digital economies.
Pantami also stressed that the importance of a digital identity programme for the successful development of a digital economy cannot be overstated.
“The Sept. 16, has been declared as the National Identity Day. Following the approval of the federal government under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria also formally adopted 16.9 as the National Identity Day.
“This year’s edition of the National Identity Day will take place virtually on the same date and will have the theme: Identity for Health, Sustainable Development and Growth.
“We will start by capturing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria and will also support the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and other stakeholders to ensure that we make the process of obtaining digital identities swift and secure.
“One of the key objectives of pillar 6 (Soft Infrastructure) of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) is support for the accelerated implementation of a Digital Identity Programme,” he said.
He said that the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa rightly noted that Digital Identity and the digital economy were not only linked, but reinforcing as digital ID was the basis for digital economy platforms.
He explained that digital identification can be an important catalyst for various development initiatives in the continent such as impacting on trade, governance, social protection, financial inclusion, domestic resource mobilisation, as well as security and human rights.
As the world and Nigeria mark the International Identity Day and National Identity Day, accordingly, Pantami urged Nigerians to support the development the digital economy by embracing the use of digital identities.
He encouraged Nigerians to visit NIMC accredited centres for their digital identities.
That minister said that his ministry is committed to ensuring that Nigeria derives the benefits of a functional digital ID system and calls on all stakeholders to support the process.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
Buhari approves transfer of NIMC to communications ministry
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the transfer of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that commission reports to the Presidency, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
A statement signed by the Minister ‘s Spokesperson, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, on Monday in Abuja, said that the approval was based on Buhari’s consideration for the critical role of NIMC towards the realisation of the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS).
Suleiman explained that it was an effort to ensure synergy and effective ministry supervisory mechanism was put in place to coordinate, monitor and track the progress of Federal Government’s digital transformation initiatives.
She furthermore explained that the directives was an illustration of Mr President’s vote of confidence on the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami based on an unprecedented performance.
The spokesperson noted that within his first year in office, the Minister had resolved the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Sector’s decade-long dilemma of Right of Way charges.
According to her, he was also able to secure the President’s approval for the provision of security as well as designation of Telecommunications Infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure.
“Regularisation of improperly registered SIM cards and deactivation of unregistered ones, the deployment of over 250 digital projects across the country under his policies and supervision as well as built the capacity of over 36,000 Nigerians.
“In an effort to realise this, the Commission has so far registered around 41 million eligible enrollees for the National Identity Number (NIN).
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the other hand has details of over 191 million mobile subscribers.”
She, however, explained that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) had recorded huge successes in the development and implementation of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), the country’s first codified data protection regulation.
She noted that Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB) also provides services to Government Agencies-Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service.
“The NIN, considered as a social security as well as civil number, was very important for economic planning and social intervention.
“With government’s digitalisation initiatives in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, access to services and interventions will require it.
“We therefore urge all eligible individuals to enroll as soon as possible. Furthermore, the Honourable Minister is assuring Nigerians as well as residents that appropriate measures will be put in place to ensure that opportunities for enrolment are provided to all.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)https://nnn.ng/buhari-approves-transfer-of-nimc-to-communications-ministry/
U.S visa ban: Nigeria has substantially met demands, says FG Committee
The Committee on Citizens Data Management and Harmonisation has concluded its assignment and substantially addressed the concerns of the United States on citizen data that led to its imposition of visa ban on Nigerians.
The Committee, in its report, also urged the Federal Government to establish a National DNA data bank, testing laboratories and Data collection structures and formations across the federation.
It said this was to support the national security architecture with the view to finding lasting solutions to the security challenges bedevilling the country.
Mr Mohammed Manga, the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Manga said the Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Presidential Committee, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this on Thursday at the State House, Abuja, when he presented the report of the Committee to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement quoted the minister as saying that out of the six areas raised by the United States, two have been fully met, two substantially met while work is ongoing on the remaining two.
According to Aregbesola, Nigeria has substantially provided information on travellers identity except data on Emergency Travel Certificates for Nigerians being repatriated.
He added that information on 145,695 Lost and Stolen Passports had been transmitted to the INTERPOL Database as at 31st May, 2020, following the intervention of the Committee.
“In addition, the Nigeria Immigration Service has now acquired the capability to directly transmit information on Lost and Stolen Passports to the INTERPOL Headquarters in Lyon which was one of the key demands of the United States,” he said.
Aregbesola further said that the committee recommended the setting up of a Criminal Information Management System to include the establishment of a Data Fusion Centre fashioned after the INTERPOL model for pooling of crime data.
It also called for a National Criminal DNA Laboratory with the Nigerian Police Force as the co-ordinating agency.
This, according to him, is to be complemented by an industrialised standard procedure for the collection of DNA samples of all suspected criminals in government crime control and custodial facilities to aid criminal investigation and administration of criminal justice in the country.
The minister said the committee recommended that Federal Government should issue an Executive Order that would provide for the exclusive collection of biometric data by NIMC and its Licensees.
It also recommended exclusive storage of Biometric data in the National identity Database and the discontinuance of biometric data storage of new registration by all agencies and institutions in Nigeria.
It also suggested mandatory use of the NIN by all Mobile Network Operations (MNOs) for issuance of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) with effect from June 30, 2021, subject to the issuance of NIN by NIMC to at least 80 per cent of the population, with NIN as a unique identifier for all public servants.
The minister added that the committee recommended the need for the National Population Commission to commence the digital birth, death and other vital registrations (marriage, divorce, adoption, etc), at all hospitals and designated NPC offices in all federal wards.
It also recommended integration of the National Identity Database (NIDB) with all agencies capturing identity data directed to commence full enforcement of NIN as a requirement for accessing their services.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that following the temporary visa restrictions placed on Nigerian citizens on January 31, 2020 by the United States Government, President Muhammadu Buhari constituted an 18-member Committee on Citizen Data Management and Harmonisation on Feb. 3, 2020.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)https://nnn.ng/u-s-visa-ban-nigeria-has-substantially-met-demands-says-fg-committee/