Biometrics: NIMC targets 774 enrolment centres nationwide

As part of measures to deliver on its mandate, the agency set up in Nigeria to collect Nigerians’ biometric database for the issuance of National Identity Numbers, NINs,the National Identity Management Commission says it was prepared to establish National Identity Number enrolment centres in the 774 local governments in the country for effective grassroots NIN registration exercise.

To achieve the target, the Director General, NIMC, Dr. Chris Onyemenam, said the Commission would establish collaboration with all the 774 local government areas in the country under, the aegis of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON. Stressing the need for the collaboration while speaking at the pre-summit meeting of first Local Government Areas Summit on the National Identity Management System in Abuja.

Onyemenam said NIMC was in a hurry to set-up enrolment centres and commence local government NIN registration quickly, hence the need for this collaboration.

He said: “We are established by Act No. 23 of 2007 to foster on orderly development of an identity sector and build a modern identity management system for Nigeria, we do four important things, the first has to do with the creation of national identity management database, manage identity authentication and verification service infrastructure, establish registration centres in every state capital and with your cooperation and support in every local government area, and then we can begin to talk of issuing national identity card.”

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