President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a marching order to government agencies collecting demographic and biometric data of citizens and legal residents in Nigeria to aggregate them into the nation’s single data bank.
The Presidency also says all data are to be domiciled with and managed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the government agency responsible for managing nation’s identity database.
The directive was issued by Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, at a meeting held recently at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, which was attended by data-collecting agencies of government and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS).
[blockquote right=”pull-right”]“The Presidency also says all data are to be domiciled with and managed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the government agency responsible for managing nation’s identity database.”[/blockquote]
The Presidency also directed that a technical committee be set up, comprising the affected agencies and to be coordinated by NIMC, to define the parameters and methods to achieve the data aggregation.
The committee has until the third week in January 2016 to submit a preliminary report to the Vice President.
The Vice President explained that government’s interest in the aggregation of citizens’ data is basically to assist it cross certain hurdles in its quest to improve the socio-economic landscape of Nigeria.
According to him, the plan is to target the poorest and most vulnerable persons, as well as to issue unique identification numbers to every Nigerian and legal resident for the improvement of national security, among others objectives.
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