The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has registered Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, under its new National Identity Card Scheme.
A press release by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olayinka Oyebode, noted that Fayemi’s biometric data was captured in Ado-Ekiti alongside with those of the Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, by the NIMC officials led by Head of Business and Development Services, Dr Robert Attuh, who stood in for the Director-General of the commission.
The Governor and his deputy were subsequently presented with their National ID Numbers after their biometric data were captured at the Bureau of Public Infrastructure Building in the precincts of the Governor’s Office.
The Governor promised to give the NIMC maximum support needed in its statutory responsibility of identity management in the state.
He identified the payroll biometric integrated system in which workers on government payroll were identified and now paid electronically to ensure transparency.
Fayemi explained that his administration has carried out some measures to ensure proper planning and management of the state resources through the management of the identity of government workers.
According to Fayemi, the identity management is a very critical issue in a place like Ekiti given what was experienced in one of the local government areas of the state on the issue of identity.
He urged all Ekiti residents to make use of the opportunity to get registered for their biometric details to go into the national database as good citizens of the country.
The leader of the NIMC team, Dr. Attuh, acknowledged the support received by his agency from the Fayemi administration and revealed that NIMC now has presence in six out of 16 Local Government Areas of Ekiti State with four enrolment centres for biometric data registration of citizens.
Giving explanation on the advantages of the National e-ID Card Scheme, Attuh disclosed that the identity document allows the bearer to transact payment locally and internationally and can also be used as a travel document.
He also revealed that the new document which is chip-based can also be used to pay workers’ salaries to prevent the ghost workers syndrome. Attuh said the NIMC officials also came to Ekiti for the purpose of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government saying the collaboration would allow a seamless enumeration of residents.
This, he said would allow government to meet up with its responsibilities, payment of stipends to the aged, execution of healthcare policies among others.
Attuh added that the project is a pilot programme to be replicated in other states of the federation.