NIMC Shifts Focus from Card-based to Number-based ID System

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has advocated collaboration among relevant agencies to ensure data harmonization across the country.

Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, INEC Oyo State, Mr. Mutiu Agboke stated this while receiving the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Oyo State Coordinator, Mr. Olusola Sotayo, in his office in Ibadan.

Mr. Agboke, who hinged some of the challenge facing the country on inefficiency, said it was high time the nation worked towards achieving a single central data base which would capture citizens.

He hinted that if agencies which deal with data could together to generate a single data base that would meet all demand, the nation would be better for it.

Mr. Agboke charged all stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria enjoyed an advanced and efficient database system, making reference to the United States and other developed countries. 

Speaking on the essence of the visit, Oyo State Coordinator NIMC, Mr. Olusola Sotayo said NIMC and INEC were major data managers, hence the need for collaboration between the agencies.

While clearing the air on various misgivings about the operation of NIMC, Mr. Sotayo explained that only the first identity number registration was free, nothing that subsequent upgrade, renewal, and other services attract a token which could only be paid through the REMITA system.

The NIMC State Coordinator stressed that the scheme had advanced beyond the card-based identification system, stating that the number is the most significant and not the card itself.

Mr. Sotayo gave an assurance that the commission had taken steps to ensure that the rigour of registration is reduced with involvement of private individuals.

Adedayo Adelowo

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