Ak­in­tola Wil­liams en­rolls for na­tional iden­tity num­ber

Be ex­cited about it, Pa Olopade, elder states­men urge youths

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - By Seye Olu­mide

AT 98, Pa Ak­in­tola Wil­liams’ love for Nige­ria still burns. The doyen of the Ac­coun­tancy pro­fes­sion demon­strated it yes­ter­day at the Metropoli­tan Club, Vic­to­ria Is­land, La­gos where he went to regis­ter in the on­go­ing iden­tity card scheme. It is spear­headed by the Na­tional Iden­tity Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion (NIMC).

Wil­liams was flanked by some other elder states-

men, in­clud­ing Chief Obafemi Olopade, 91, Chief (Dr) Christo­pher Oladipo Ogun­banjo, 93 and Prof. Frank Okiosor, 85, who said they were at the pres­ti­gious elite recre­ation cen­tre to em­pha­size their be­lief in Nige­ria and tell the younger gen­er­a­tion to show faith in the coun­try.

The in­ter­est and com­mit­ment demon­strated by the older gen­er­a­tions of suc­cess­ful Nige­ri­ans like Pa Wil­liams aroused the cu­rios­ity of youths, who also came for the ex­er­cise.

Wil­liams, who was sup­ported by Pa Olopade who is the pres­i­dent of the Metropoli­tan Club and oth­ers dur­ing the ex­er­cise at its sec­re­tariat, got cap­tured at ex­actly 12: 18 pm. His tem­po­rary iden­tity card slip was printed and is­sued to him at 12:25pm. It was a hitch-free and well-co­or­di­nated ex­er­cise led by the Re­gional Co­or­di­na­tor of NIMC, Mr. Kay­ode Ade­goke and State Co­or­di­na­tor, La­gos East, Mr. Olu­mide Aremu. Speak­ing af­ter his reg­is­tra- tion, Pa Wil­liams de­scribed the ex­er­cise as a laud­able idea, which he said was over­due.

“The ex­er­cise would help us, as Nige­ri­ans, to have true pic­ture of the pop­u­la­tion,” he said. He en­cour­aged Nige­ri­ans to avail them­selves of the op­por­tu­nity to be cap­tured, es­pe­cially as the com­mis­sion has many cen­tres in all Nige­ria’s 774 lo­cal gov­ern­ments. “If at 98, I can be ca­joled by the Pres­i­dent of my club, Chief Olopade to un­der­take this, I will also ad­vise other Nige­ri­ans, ir­re­spec­tive of their age, to avail them­selves of the op­por­tu­nity of reg­is­ter­ing. There is a bright fu­ture ahead of Nige­ria ir­re­spec­tive of the chal­lenges it is cur­rently go­ing through.”

Chief Olopade dis­closed that the Head of the de­funct In­terim Na­tional Gov­ern­ment (ING), Chief Earnest Shonekan, former Min­is­ter of Pe­tro­leum, Chief Philip Asiodu, one time Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Nes­tle Plc. Chief Oladapo Osunk­eye and oth­ers, who were also mem­bers of the club, would do their cap­tur­ing yes­ter­day (Thurs­day).

“I hope other no­table clubs in the coun­try will fol­low this ex­am­ple and help this gov­ern­ment to achieve its aims.”

Re­gional Co­or­di­na­tor of the com­mis­sion, Ade­goke, also stressed that the ex­er­cise was free. “Un­der no cir­cum­stances should any­body of­fer any of our staff money or in­duce­ment to regis­ter,” he warned.

“NIMC em­ploy­ees are re­quired to main­tain the high­est eth­i­cal stan­dards and cre­ate an at­mos­phere of con­fi­dence through open­ness and clar­ity in the dis­charge of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.” He also dis­closed that, apart from the ded­i­cated cen­tres, “there are also spe­cial cen­tres like the Metropoli­tan Club, Vic­to­ria, and any or­gan­i­sa­tion that meets the nec­es­sary re­quire­ments can re­quest to en­joy that sta­tus.”

NIMC op­er­ates and reg­u­lates mat­ters of na­tional iden­tity with ser­vices cov­er­ing Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber (NIN) en­rol­ment and is­suance, Na­tional E-ID card is­suance, iden­tity ver­i­fi­ca­tion as well as data har­mo­niza­tion and au­then­ti­ca­tion.

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