The National Identity Management Commission says it has enrolled over 28 million Nigerians and legal residents on the National Identity Database and issued them with the National Identification Number.
The commission, in a statement, on Sunday stated that figure was reached on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
Announcing the figure, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the commission, Aliyu Aziz, also set a new target to enrol additional 50 million Nigerians and legal residents as well as issue them with the NIN by the end of the year.
The NIMC DG, in December 2016, set a target to double the 14 million enrolments that the commission attained then, with a promise to capture 28 million Nigerians and legal residents by December 2017.
He said the achievement was made possible through the dedication, commitment and sacrifices made by members of staff of the commission on the one hand and the support of government at all levels despite the economic meltdown recently witnessed in the country.
He also acknowledged the push for the mandatory use of the NIN from stakeholders and partners of the commission in the private and public sectors, especially members of the committee charged with harmonising all identification data.
“Indeed, their commitment towards the harmonisation process contributed to the growth of the database, as well as increase in the general public’s awareness about the NIN and its benefits,” Aziz said.
The harmonisation committee is made up of the about 23 Federal Government agencies that are stakeholders in the identity sector.
Aziz listed some benefits of the NIN to citizens as one-person one-identity; ability to verify and authenticate individual’s identity; access to services, claims and entitlement and benefit from government social interventions.
Urging Nigerians to take advantage of the over 900 enrolment centres across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, the DG said the commission was set to commence the enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN for all identity-based transactions in the country as enshrined in the NIMC Act No.23 of 2007.
Aziz stated that the commission recently gazetted and published supplementary regulations consisting of the set of principles, practices, policies, processes and procedures that would be utilised to achieve the desired objective of enforcing the NIN.
He also called on Nigerians to be patient as the commission was working tirelessly to ensure that all Nigerians got their national identity cards.
He commended the general public for their feedback, which had helped improve the service of the commission.