ENUGU—The Acting Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, has attributed the present security challenges facing the country to poor, inaccurate and unreliable identity database of citizens.
Speaking when he received in audience the Director General and Management Staff of National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, at Government House, Mr. Onyebuchi also said that poor national identity database encouraged unpatriotic Nigerians to engage in fraudulent acts like falsification of documents and criminal activities among others.
Onyebuchi therefore described the establishment of the commission as very welcome development since it would help the nation in the socio-economic planning and development, check fraud and falsification of documents by people who manipulate data for their own selfish ends.
He noted with dismay that previous efforts made in the country to produce very reliable and accurate national identity database failed and urged the management of the commission to guard against those factors that frustrated the exercise in the past.
According to him, the current nationwide enlightenment campaign on the importance of the National Integrated Identity System, NIIS, reliable as well as accurate database that would met the expectations of Nigerians.
He then assured them of the full cooperation of government and people of Enugu to ensure the success of the exercise, since the success would be of great benefit to all Nigerians and her economy.
Earlier in his speech, the Director General of the NIMC, Mr. Chris Onyemenam told Onyebuchi that the NIMC had the capacity to hold in the database of 150 million people, adding that enrollment into the database was customized to check double registration.
He stated that the new national identity card was unique, as it cannot be replaced or transferred to other people even when the holder dies, adding that it was the number on the card that mattered and not the card itself.
Onyemena explained that they were in the state on enlightenment campaign for the enrollment of citizen, adding that 10 pilot enrollment centres had been established in all the state capitals, while enrollment units would be established at local government areas with mobile enrollment units being opened in the hinterland.