17 September 2020 by Florence Adewale
The National Identity Management Commission is to focus more in capturing Internally Displaced Persons.
The Director General of the Commission, Mr Aliyu Aziz made this known at a forum to mark this year’s National Identity day in Abuja.
Mr Aziz noted that the move became necessary to ensure that Nigeria has a data base of all the citizenry even at the grassroots.
The Director General explained that the impact of COVID-19 pandemic triggered the need for the nation to build a digital identification system for reliable statistics and socioeconomic development.
In his words, “Permit me to mention that the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic has also triggered the need for us as a nation to rethink our long term actions, chart a new pathway, prioritize our national projects, build resilience, explore emerging trends and capitalize on the opportunities inherent in a unified ID system as a way to reposition our country, recover from the socio-economic challenges faced and confront pre-existing trends and governance. “Leveraging a digital identification system for continuous data and reliable statistics under the new world order is crucial for our survival and growth as a nation in this era of digital inclusion and digital economy.”
He added that “It is important to mention that the Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to the advancement and immediate acceleration of the identification development programme of our country. With the visionary leadership of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, Nigeria has been positioned to take giant steps in providing unique identity to all through collaboration with government institutions and viable partnership with the private sector.
In a similar manner, our nation’s ID goals can be fully realized when we leverage the adoption and use of digital identity to improve governance, enhance social accountability, promote security and provide basic services to the people.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the General Manager, Legal Services of the commission Mrs Hadiza Aliyu-Dagabana who stated that the National Identification Number issued would be from birth and can not be issued to another person stressed the need for every Nigerian to be captured.
The world identity day is celebrated every sixteen of September.
This years theme is Identity for Health Sustainable Development and Growth.