Com­mit­tee pro­poses 3 years to is­sue 180m na­tional iden­tity cards

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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)

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