Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 November 2012

Nigeria: 100 Million Citizens Don't Have Identity Card - NIMC

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National Identity card

Makurdi — Over 100m Nigerians do not own national identification card and 75% of the identity cards in circulation are fake, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has revealed. It also disclosed yesterday that it had concluded process to begin a new registration that would capture 150m Nigerians within the space of 40 months without stress.

NIMC Director of Information Technology, Engr. Aliyu Aziz stated all these at a stakeholders forum organized to sensitize the public on the operations of the Commission in Makurdi. According to him, with the growing insecurity bedeviling the nation in its various form, it is necessary to ensure the authenticity of its citizens.

He said the new smart card would enable bearers to transact electronic payments, access ECOWAS countries without the regular use of travel documents among other things.

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