National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) refuted some media reports that the , the nation’s ID manager has suspended the exercise.
Loveday Ogbonna, Head of Corporate Communications Unit of NIMC says the reports are false and misleading.
The National Identity Management program underway in Nigeria involves gathering of personal biometric information of Nigerians and residents in the country “to provide secure but simplified infrastructure and processes for enabling individuals to assert their identity in a dependable manner”, according to NIMC.
NIMC claims that all individuals, upon completion of their enrolment, have received an SMS, inviting them to proceed to the NIMC office where they enrolled and pick up their cards as from April 3, 2018.
“We wish to inform the general public that the report is false and misleading as the commission has not suspended the issuance of cards to successful enrollees at any time,” Ogbonna said.
Persons who have not received any SMS can equally check the status of their cards on the NIMC website via www.nimc.gov.ng, the agency says.
Citizens and legal residents who had relocated from where they enrolled could obtain their cards by visiting any NIMC office close to them are to request a card transfer form, which they would fill in and submit to the state coordinator for processing.
“Nigerians and legal residents are reminded that the National Identification Number is the unique identifier and most important token issued by the commission and not the physical electronic identity card,” Ogbonna adds. “NIN, which is fast gaining acceptance by Nigerians, is a set of 11 non-intelligent numbers randomly assigned to an individual at the completion of enrolment into the National Identity Database.
According to the agency, “NIN is used to tie all records about an individual in the database and is verifiable via the NIMC Verification Service portal, which is made available to institutions and organizations upon request.”
Ogbonna cites Section 27 (1) and (2) of the NIMC Act, 2007, which listed a number of transactions such as the application for and issuance of a passport; opening of individual and/or group bank accounts; all consumer credits; purchase of insurance policies that could be done with NIM.
Others are the purchase, transfer and registration of land by any individual; National Health Insurance Scheme, and such transactions that had social security implications, registration of voters, payment of taxes and pensions.
“Thus, all NIMC stakeholders, including the media and the general public are enjoined to stop peddling half-truths, or outright falsehood, but rather work with the commission to ensure the success of the National Identity Management System for national growth and development,” the agency spokesman says.