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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Buhari Urges Nigerians to Register with NIMC

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari was On Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja  registered by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for his national identity card. After the registration, Buhari encouraged all Nigerians to get registered saying that doing so would make their votes to count in future elections. He said: ‎”I think this exercise is very important to confirm our population and those who are entitled to vote, that is, those who are 18 years and above.

“It will complement the exercise of the permanent voters card.
“So for those who want their votes to count from whichever party or constituency, they should ensure that they and their families are properly captured.”

The Director General of ‎ NIMC, Mr. Chris Onyemenam, said data generated through the Bank Verification Number exercise would be migrated to the NIMC data bank.

He said: “As a matter of fact, we are at the stage of migrating the data from the Bank Verification Number and that is about 20million.”
At present, he said only seven million Nigerians had been registered.

“On our data base, we have a record of seven million. In collaboration with other agencies, in the next three months or so, we hope to quadruple that number,” he said.

He said that‎ in the past, the private sector was expected to handle the registration and that government did not focus on it.

Adding that, “The close to seven million that we have in our data base is the product of the pilot scheme that we embarked upon to demonstrate the value of the scheme.”

According to him, ‎now that the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are going to step up the harmonization, the data base will be populated in a matter of weeks.

He said deliberate efforts were being taken  to ensure that enrollment centres were opened in each local government area.
He said:  “In collaboration with MDAs, we are now extending it to universities. It will also be extended to primary schools and hospitals.
“With the cooperation we expect from the Indepdent National Electoral Commission (INEC), we are meeting INEC today, it will be extended even further.

“This exercise is not a one off thing in the sense that there is no time limit. It is a continuous exercise. So every enrollment centre that we have established remains open forever, they are like branches of banks.

‎”Because of the records of births and deaths that are the primary responsibility of the Nigerian Population Commission, it will even become wider because there are more centres for the registration of births and deaths.

“Once a centre is established, it remains there and people can go their and enroll at their convenient time. They will do the pre-enrollment first because going to any centre for the biometric data capture.”
[Tobi Soniyi in Abuja,  Thisday ]

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