FG Reels Digital Identity Dividends
….Nigerians In India, SA, Others To Get Enrolled
By Pelumi Olaleye
The Federal Government through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has reeled put the benefits of digital Identity in the country.
These benefits, according to NIMC include to scale up enrolment, extend coverage nationwide, reduce cost in data collection, speed-up delivery, provide digital verification of ID anytime and anywhere in Nigeria, just as a well-developed digital identification program will help deliver the government’s development agenda, and provide key government services, such as safety net, financial inclusion, security and agriculture.
Director-General of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, made the declaration recently during the fifth annual meeting of the Identity for Africa (ID4Africa) Movement in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“we need a unique digital identification platform that is linked to functional ID registries for accessing services. Nigeria is executing a digital identity ecosystem project endorsed in September 2018 by the Federal Executive Council, the highest decision-making organ of government”.
He further stated that the NIMC is
determined to provide a lifelong unique identification for every individual physically residing in Nigeria and Nigerians in the diaspora within the next five years.
Xraying the pipeline plan by the government in his paper titled ‘Digital Identity the Cornerstone to Effective Service Delivery’ Aziz said that the “Strategic Roadmap Vision is to reach universal coverage of robust digital identification in Nigeria” by applying an ecosystem approach of enrolling citizens of all ages and legal residents within the set timeframe.
“The ecosystem approach of enrolment will constitute trusted partners, and a pay-per-play model for successful enrolments,” Engr. Aziz said, adding “the purpose of the ecosystem approach is to leverage existing capabilities and enrolment facilities of government agencies, partners and private sector operators in Nigeria, as opposed to building new ones.” Adding that the ecosystem approach leverages the capacity of “All ID stakeholders in the ecosystem to reach full coverage of the target population.”
The NIMC boss also stated that for Nigeria to enhance governance, help its people rise out of poverty, restore growth and participate in the digital economy, she must be able to lead the pack ‘As all modern economic services are done digitally and rely on good identification in order to promote economic growth and opportunities.”
Meanwhile, the Agency will start the enrolment of Nigerians in India on Monday, 24th June 2019 at Shivaji Stadium Metro Station Mezzanine level Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi- 110001, India.
In addition to India, the partners have gone live in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, 21st June, 2019 at 1st floor Rivonia Village Office Block, cnr. Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road, Rivonia and in the United Arab Emirates from Thursday, 27th June 2019 at WAFI Mall, level 3, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair2, Dubai 114 100.
The Nigerian companies licensed to work with their respective partners across all countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and America to carry out the enrolment of Nigerian adults and children in theDiaspora into the National Identity Database (NIDB) are Biosec Solutions Limited, CHAMS Consortium Limited, Defcon Systems Limited& OIS Services, National eAuthentication Limited& OIS Services, Thebez Global Resources, Dantata Universal Services/VFS Global and Venn Technology Limited, Kevonne Consults Limited/Iris ID Systems INC., UGS Technologies Limited/OrangeHook African Continental/Carvus.