Six Nigerian firms have been licensed to enrol Nigerians in the diaspora for the National identity programme underway in the country.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says the six licensees will enrol Nigerian adults and children, starting from South Africa this month, into the National Identity Database (NIDB) to issue them the unique National Identification Number (NIN).
The licensed Nigerian firms include Biosec Solutions Limited, CHAMS Consortium Limited, Defcon Systems Limited, National eAuthentication Limited, Thebez Global Resources and Venn Technology Limited, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director General/CEO NIMC announced.
Aziz says the diaspora ID exercise ensures that “the section of Nigerians living outside the country are not disenfranchised.”
He says that ‘’they will be issued with the National Identification Number (NIN) upon enrolment and subsequently the General Multipurpose Card (GMPC).”
According to him, the “requisite standard, guidelines and regulations have been put in place to ensure the effective implementation of the National Identity Management Systems (NIMS) as well as provide the right platform for providing digital identity for Nigerians and legal residents as well as Nigerians in diaspora.”
The diaspora enrolment starting in South Africa is in collaboration with a licensed partner, Thebez Global Resources Limited (TGR), which is collaborating with Cox & Kings Global Services Limited (CKGS) to enrol Nigerians in diaspora by setting up enrolment centres in different countries, according to NIMC.
Aziz says that other countries will come onboard on the platform of Thebez Global Resources Limited after the South Africa pilot experience.