Over 21 million Nigerians have been enrolled under the National Identity programme underway across the country.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) confirmed this today in a statement made available to Technology Times that it achieved the 21,360, 000 enrolment mark at close of business on September 6, 2017.
Engineer Aliyu Aziz, Director General/CEO at NIMC has set a goal to register 28 million Nigerians into the National Identification Database by the end of December 2017.
NIMC said it has registered 21,360,000 Nigerians into the National Identity Database and issued them the National Identification Number (NIN).
The Commission said it has also setup more enrolment Centres across the 36 States of the federation and the FCT, bringing the number of enrolment centres to about 805.
With the deployment of additional enrolment centres, NIMC is currently active in 556 Local Government Areas (LGAs), and is working to activate dormant centres in the remaining 218 LGAs in order to expand enrolment coverage, according to the nation’s identity management agency.
The NIMC DG said that the Commission has continued to record exponential growth in the population of the database, “despite the challenges facing the Commission, even as the country gradually exits recession.”
NIMC had a little above seven million NINs in the database when Aziz took over the mantle of leadership in November, 2015, according to the government agency.
“Despite the challenges and constraints, the Director General who is undaunted, has continued to manage the scarce resources, to ensure that the database is populated before commencing enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN for all identity based transactions”, according to the NIMC statement.