‘Na­tional iden­tity pro­gramme’ll fail with­out po­lit­i­cal will’

The Punch - - BUSINESS & ECONOMY - Ihuoma Chiedozie, Abuja

The Na­tional Iden­tity Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion has warned that the coun­try’s Na­tional Iden­tity Pro­gramme will not suc­ceed with­out strong po­lit­i­cal will on the part of gov­ern­ment.

The Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, who spoke at the Gen­eral Assem­bly of the North­ern Tra­di­tional Rulers Coun­cil in kaduna, also stressed that the pro­gramme would fail if it did not re­ceive ad­e­quate fund­ing.

In a pa­per en­ti­tled ‘Im­por­tance of na­tional iden­tity to na­tion build­ing’, Aziz said, “With­out strong po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment, fi­nan­cial re­sources and stake­holder col­lab­o­ra­tion, the Na­tional Iden­tity Pro­gramme will not be suc­cess­ful and sus­tained.

“Like any gov­ern­ment re­form, po­lit­i­cal will and strong lead­er­ship are re­quired to im­ple­ment the na­tional iden­tity pro­ject.”

NIMC, which is co­or­di­nat­ing the iden­tity pro­gramme, has so far en­rolled about 38 mil­lion Nige­ri­ans for the Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber Pro­ject.

Aziz dis­closed that NIMC had been fac­ing some chal­lenges in its ef­forts to en­rol Nige­ri­ans for the NIN.

The chal­lenges, ac­cord­ing to him, in­clude poor fund­ing, in­ad­e­quate mo­bil­i­sa­tion and lim­ited aware­ness.

he urged the royal fa­thers to help in cre­at­ing aware­ness for the pro­gramme, and as­sist in mo­bil­is­ing their sub­jects to en­able them to en­rol for the iden­tity num­ber.

A suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the iden­tity pro­gramme would grow and fur­ther mod­ernise Nige­ria’s econ­omy, Aziz noted.

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