More Than Half of Nigeria’s Population Has No Identification Means – NIMC DG

The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar National Identity says more than 100 million Nigerians have no identity.

He disclosed this during a zoom meeting on the topic “Strategic Roadmap for ID Development’’ that over 100 million Nigerians have no identity (ID) which include the poorest and the most vulnerable groups, such as the marginalised – women and girls, the less-educated people, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, people with disabilities and people living in rural and remote areas.

The NIMC DG further said that the estimated population of Nigeria stands at 200 million and only about 38 percent of the population have any form of ID.

According to him, the commission has enrolled and issued 41.5 million unique identifiers, known as National Identification Numbers (NIN), since the commencement of identity registration and enrolment in 2012.

He continues saying that the commission registers all Nigerian citizens physically present and those outside Nigeria as well as the legal residents.

However, Aziz stressed that there is need for a strategy to enroll the backlog within the shortest possible time. And that is the reason for the idea of strategic roadmap and the birth of the ecosystem approach.

He also said that while the identity card could expire, the National Identification Numbers (NIN) issued was for a lifetime.

He stressed the need for people to be registered for documented identity, saying it mattered a lot, especially for development.

Aziz said that people were registering more in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and Kano compared with other cities, while residents in states in the South-East appeared to show little interest in the identity capturing.

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