We Are Set For Electronic Voting – NIMC

We Are Set For Electronic Voting – NIMC The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has declared that the commission is ready for an electronic voting system if it is approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and backed by relevant legislation.

The commission says the current National Identity Card has an inbuilt platform to accommodate electronic voting and make its take-off in the country a huge success.

The State Coordinator of NIMC, Mr Stephen Inokoba, made the declaration while presenting the national identity card of the state Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Desmond Agu, in his office.

He explained that the provision for electronic voting was one of the 13 security features embedded in the new national ID card.

He said that once the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other policymakers opt for electronic voting, the current identity card would be an effective launching pad for a smooth system.

He said: “The card has been fashioned in such a way that it can be used for electronic voting.

“Once Nigeria is set, we have the platform ready for electronic voting to commence.

“We are ready. The platform is on. It is left to INEC and the policymakers. Once they do what they ought to do, our platform is already there, it has been developed.”national-identity-card-id

The NSCDC boss, while appreciating some of the card’s benefits, praised the Federal Government for the initiative and appealed to people of the state to obtain theirs.

He described the card as a testimony of the federal government’s good intentions for the country.

“Initially it sounded like a mirage but you can see that it is true. I have completed the process and obtained my card.

“With what I have seen, the Federal Government has good plans for all the citizens. So, let us all take advantage of this initiative to better our lives.

“There are many privileges attached to the cards. These are the things obtainable in advanced countries where you can use similar cards to enjoy subsidies in services offered by the government,” he said.

Highlighting the major benefits of the cards, Inokoba said: “When you have the card, there are 13 benefits that you will get. The first one is you have an opportunity of getting a card to yourself alone through the Match-On-Card (MOC).

“It means that the card will not be given to somebody that it doesn’t belong to. You name will be matched with your fingerprints. So, there is no card by proxy”.

NIMC Set To Commence Integration Of BVN

NIMCThe National Identity Management Commission in Nigeria (NIMC) is set to commence the integration of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) into the National Identity database.

At a media briefing in Abuja on Friday, the Director-General of NIMC, Mr Chris Onyemenam, said that the planned integration was borne out of the need to obey a presidential directive to harmonise various databases.

A hamonisation committee has been set up to facilitate the integration process while the NIMC is collating the BVN data from the banks.

He assured Nigerians that the system would greatly enhance the work of security agencies and also provide government with the needed data for planning.

Buhari Receives National Identity Card

National IdentityThe National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued President Muhammadu Buhari the National Identity Card.

The Commission on Wednesday, promised that Nigerians who are yet to pick up theirs would do so in 90 days’ time.

The Director-General of the Commission, Mr Chris Onyemenem, who made the presentation in the President’s office, blamed the delay of the issuance of the cards on the inability of the contractors to perform.

Mr Onyemenem told State House correspondents after the presentation that other agencies of government would be integrated into the national identity to avoid the duplication of identity which has posed a problem in the past.

Before the presentation of the National Identity Card to President Buhari, Mr Onyemenam and the officials of NIMC took time out to activate the electronic identity and the security around the card as well as the payment solution.

President Buhari collected his national identity card two months after the capture of his data.

NIMC Shifts Deadline For Use Of National Identification Number

NIMCThe National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has shifted the deadline for the mandatory use of the national identification number to January 9, 2016.

The development was disclosed on Monday by the Director General of NIMC, Mr Chris Onyemenam, at a press conference in Abuja.

The Commission had earlier fixed September 1 for all transactions by all relevant government institutions involving the identification of individuals or bodies to be carried out with the number.

Such transactions include application for and issuance of international passport, opening of individual or group bank accounts, voter registration and payment of taxes.

President Buhari Registers For National ID Card

Muhammadu-Buhari-at-meeting-with-Nigerian-officialsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has been registered for his National Identity Card by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) inside the Presidential Villa Abuja.

After the registration, the President  told reporters that the exercise was very important to confirm the nation’s population, those who are entitled to vote and those who are 18 years and above. He said it would complement the Permanent Voters Card.

President Buhari called on Nigerians, who want their votes to count from whichever party or constituency, to ensure that they and their families are properly captured.

The Director General of the NIMC, Mr Chris Onyemenam, also said that the exercise was not a one-off thing and that there was no time limit.

He said it was a continuous exercise and that every enrollment centre that had been established would remain open forever, like branches of banks.

He added that the commission was taking deliberate steps to ensure that enrollment centres were opened in each local government.

Also from the data base, a record of seven million Nigerians have registered and in collaboration with other agencies, in the next three month the number will be quadrupled

Buhari Asks Government Agencies To Harmonise Biometric Data

Muhammadu-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has asked government agencies in Nigeria to harmonise the collection and usage of biometric data, instead of replicating their efforts in this regard.

After receiving a briefing on the activities of the National Population Commission from the Chairman, Eze Duru Iheoma, who led other National Commissioners to the Presidential Villa on Monday, President Buhari wondered why each agency would gather its own biometric data when such data could easily be shared.

Government organisations that currently collect biometric data include: the National Population Commission, National Identity Management Commission, Federal Road Safety Commission and the Independent National Electoral Commission, among others.

President Buhari added that all the agencies should work collaboratively, instead of going in different directions, stressing that adequate data was necessary for planning and development in any country.

Mr Iheoma had briefed the President on what would be required for the commission to conduct a national census next year, 10 years after the last exercise, as stipulated by the United Nations.

A National Population Census, the Chairman said, would cost about 273 billion Naira, while about 10 billion Naira of the amount would be needed immediately.

He told the President that a biometric based census was being proposed because it would eliminate multiple respondents, and ghost respondents, while making the outcome easy to audit.

Civil Servants In Ibadan Protest Alleged Proposed Retrenchment

Civil ServantsMembers of the Oyo State chapter of the Association of Civil Servants in Nigeria (ACSN) have protested against the proposed sack of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) staff.

The protesters, who refused to report for duty in their various posts because of the fear of the mass sack making the rounds, gathered at the front of the commission’s office at New Garage area in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, chanting solidarity songs to register their displeasure.

The ACSN Chairman, Oyo State chapter, Comrade Ibrahim Salman, said about 1000 sack letters had already been prepared for various categories of the commission’s employees.

He also disclosed that the old staff of the commission, who were inherited from the Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR), but later merged with the new staff of the commission were mostly affected by the proposed mass retrenchment.

Mr Salman further stressed that over 4,000 staff of the commission had earlier been laid off across the country, noting that only the old staff of the commission inherited from DNCR were targeted.

In the same vein, the ACSN Publicity Secretary, Mr Adeyemi Olaide, said most of the core civil servants inherited by the commission have been subjected to victimisation and hardship, denying them of their promotion in the process.

He said the Union would do everything possible to frustrate the sack of the civil servants, stressing that the country cannot afford another mass sack considering the poor state of the nation’s economy.

Meanwhile, Officials of the NIMC have described the protest as malicious and an attempt to discredit the management of the commission.

The Director-General of the commission, Mr Chris Onyemenam, said the protesting staff were those who have disciplinary cases to face over falsified records.

Mr Onyemenam, however, refuted plans by the commission to declare redundancy or undertake any form of retrenchment of its staff.

NIMC Staff Protest Planned Retrenchment Of Colleagues

NIMC-workers-protestStaff of the management of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have staged a protest against an alleged plan by the agency to retrench over 1,000 staff.

The commission debunked the claims,  saying the management  would only retrench staff with fake employment letters.

Spokesman for the NIMC, Abdulwaheed Umar, told reporters on Tuesday that the affected workers had been given an opportunity to regularise their employment which they failed to do.

The protesting workers took to the streets in Abuja on Tuesday, demanding that the agency should jettison the plan.

The Secretary of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Isaac Ojemhenke, criticised the management of the commission for the planned exercise, just as the FCT chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Aliyu Musa, bemoaned the working conditions of workers in the commission.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Commission, Abdulwaheed Umar, however, denied the claims of the workers, saying the management is only sanitising the commission by enforcing minimum standards and work ethics.

With the aggrieved workers shutting down the headquarters of the commission in Abuja, Nigerians, who want to collect their National Identity Cards, may have to wait, as the workers have vowed to keep the place under lock and key until the retrenchment exercise is reversed.

NIMC Registers Fayemi, Deputy For New ID Card

Gov-Kayode-Fayemi-of-Ekiti-stateThe 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.

National Identification Card: Obasanjo, Amosun Register, Commend Exercise

National Identity CardNigeria’s ongoing national identity registration exercise got a major boost as former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, got registered at different locations in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Former President Obasanjo, while performing the exercise at the state headquarters of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, in Abeokuta, said that the exercise would help government at all levels to plan for growth and development of the country.

The former president, in whose regime the exercise began in 1979, commended the exercise.

“There is need to thank God, after the initial step in 1979, more than 30years ago, we have come back. I hope that this step that we are taking now will be sustained and will serve all the needs of Nigerians. It will also help us to maintain a little bit of security,” he said.National Identification Card

He was, however, quick to ask for more features to be added into the system. He canvassed that blood groups of individual Nigerians should be included in subsequent exercise, in case of accident.

In his own submission, the Ogun State Governor, who led other members of the State Executive Council to the registration point at the state secretariat, said that the new exercise would allow for adequate planning which in turn improves socioeconomic development and well-being of all Nigerians.

“Indeed, this should have happened several years back, but if we are able to get it right this time around, I think it will be good for all of us. I think that would help us to plan really, because without that, we truly cannot plan”, he said.

Effort to getting a comprehensive and all inclusive national identification card for Nigerians over thirty years ago when the process commenced had become an illusion to the country, as past attempts by past administrations in the country have not produced the much needed comprehensive and unified national identity card, but this time, the process seemed to be making progress

The exercise is expected to be launched by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja next week and it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to get registered

Kogi Flags Off National Identity Card Exercise

Kogi State Governor, Capt Idris Wada, has urged residents of the state to participate in the national identity card exercise of the Federal Government.

The Governor, who made the call in the Lugard House, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, said that the programme was significant for governance, national security and planning.

The representative of the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC),  Hajia Hadiza Ali Dagabana and management of the Commission were in  Lokoja to create an awareness on the need for every citizen in the state to register with the commission so as to obtain an identification number, which would help the Federal Government in planning.

The NIMC delegates met with some top government officials in the executive chamber of the Government House in Lokoja to brief the Governor on what the commission was all about.

The Director, Inspection and Regulatory Compliance, Hajia Hadiza Dagabana, explained that the Commission had the mandate to own, operate, maintain and manage the National Identification database in Nigeria.

She stressed further that the ongoing National Identification exercise was not time based and would remain open to enable the commission render, enumerate and perform other related services. She urged all citizens of the state to cooperate with the Federal Government by ensuring that they get registered.

To demonstrate the State Government’s commitment, the State Governor, Capt Idris Wada, proceeded to carry out his registration, which was supervised by members of the commission. An identification number was immediately issued to him.

Experts believe that one of the reasons for insecurity in Nigeria could be the porosity of the country’s borders, which allows aliens in and out without proper identification or documentation and that if every citizens in the country was fully registered, insecurity would be minimized.

The Federal Government has made it mandatory for all Nigerians to register and obtain a registration number for easy identification.

National Identification: Police, FRSC Are Not Fair To Nigerians – Gbanite

A Strategic Security Consultant, Max Gbanite has expressed worries over the multiple registrations of Nigerians arising from the on-going drive for national identification and the need to harmonise all the biometrics data in order to protect the nation from security threats.

Speaking from the Abuja studio of Channels Television on the breakfast show ‘Sunrise Daily’, he noted that the issue of national identification is very pertinent in nation development when properly situated, but unfortunately like in other developing countries, it has been treated like a solution to all of Nigeria’s problems without proper understanding of how to even accommodate the biometrics.

This he said while questioning the necessity of different federal agencies requesting that Nigerians should register with them.

Also taking sides with the Nigerian masses on the monetization of the process, Mr. Gbanite queries why the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) would charge Nigerians N25,000 to have vehicle number plate renewed, or why a Nigerian should pay N8,000 to have his driver’s license renewed. He called on the Nigerian president to intervene and save Nigerians from what he described as overcharging, suggesting that the FRSC can do better by charging Nigerians a minimum fee of N3,000 for the drivers’ license and reducing the number plate fee as well.

He further stated that the Police under the constitution are not a revenue generating agency and as such the only right they have to keep biometric information is in the case of criminals. In his words “anyone that is unfortunate to go through the police system must be finger printed, photographed and that record becomes police record. Innocent Nigerians have no business going to the police to give a different identification or at worst paying for it.

That is tantamount to asking INEC to charge you for registering to vote”.

He added that the “National Identification Management Commission is the only agency authorised under the constitution of Nigeria to take biometrics or identity of Nigerians and should be the custodians of this information”.

He suggested having a central national biometric and identification housing centre that is legally backed and legislated to compel agencies like INEC, Road Safety, Pension Fund, even banks and everyone who has done biometrics in the country to forward same to this particular central unit.

He touched on many other issues like the danger of hackers, corruption, outsourcing data management to other countries, right of privacy for the Nigerian, National ID card, SIM card registration, coercion and many others.