The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has been mandated by the federal government to harmonize the country’s database with a view to eliminating all multiple identities carried by citizens.
Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, disclosed this when he visited visiting MTN management team led by CEO Karl Toriola on Monday, in Abuja.
The Minister insisted that the era of multiple ID registrations will soon be over, vowing to support the harmonization of data carried by Nigerians.
According to him, NIMC has been mandated to harmonize the country’s database as President Ahmed Bola Tinubu (GCFR) seeks to enhance the country’s Identity and security architecture.
Speaking on the significance of harmonizing the country’s data, Tunji-Ojo emphasized the need for the country to have a tech-driven data hub under the ministry.
“We must have an interior hub. A massive data centre where we will have all our identity information documented,” he said.
“Data harmonization is key. If we succeed at the Ministry of Interior, the success will start with NIMC. The integrity of our travel document must be restored through the harmonization of our data.
“This way, our people do not have to repeat data capture processes during the passport enrolment phase when they have a valid NIN.
He explained that data harmonization will drastically cut down on stress for the people as well as overhead costs on the part of the government.
“When we harmonize our data, there will be an exchange amongst agencies such that when our people need data for passport or BVN, with their NIN, their data can be pulled out. This will not only save us stress, cost, and energy but also help us optimize our processes.”
According to Tunji-Ojo, information regarding the issuance of driver’s licenses and Passports, Bank Verification Numbers (BVN), National Identity Numbers (NIN), Subscribers Identity Modules (SIM), and others should be harmonized into digital chips for the purpose of planning and execution of government programmes for accelerated development.
He argued that NIMC, as an agency under the ministry, has the potential of re-writing the narrative where the country only has a single point of data entry.
He said: “There is no need for us to have a BVN number, a voter’s number, an NIN, and a passport number all at once, and this is why we have to work with NIMC to ensure that we harmonize all these and do away with these duplications.
“If NIMC performs well, NIS will perform better, and the police, NSCDC, and other agencies will perform admirably above par.”
The Minister, however, pinpointed the role of the private sector players, such as MTN, in achieving the vision towards the harmonization of data, saying: “And, to do that, there must be a way to inject private partnerships to help us achieve our objectives.
“For us, we are open to partnerships from private sector players,
as NIMC may not have the full financial capacity to fulfill the ambition.”
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