Committee proposes 3 years to issue 180m national identity cards
The National Database Harmonization Committee has proposed three years for the capture of 180 million Nigerians and other residents in the National Identification card scheme.
The issuance of the National Identity Cards, which started several years ago had been slowed down due to multiplicity of data collection points but the harmonization committee had tried to achieve a one-stop centre.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on ICT, Mr Lanre Osibona, told state House correspondents after the committee’s meeting on Tuesday that the national identification registration had moved from five million in 2015 to about 20 million in 2017.
“It is good to also share with you that when we came in about two years ago there were five million records of NIMC but today we have moved it close to 20 million and we intend to have up to 30 million by the end of this year.
“We are working with the World Bank and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to have a proper approach on how we will be able to capture over 180 million Nigerians over a three year period,’’ he stated. (NAN)