By Emmanuel Elebeke
The outgoing Director General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission NIMC, Barrister Chris Onyemenam has expressed optimism that by 2016, the Commission would have populated the National Identity database with the data of over 80 million Nigerians.
Onyemenam, who disclosed this in an interview session with journalists at the weekend, also said the specific value proposition that flows from the NIMS cuts across the three tiers of the government, the private sector, the family, and to the international society.
He noted that the harmonization of data with the MDAs have started in earnest as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari. He added that harmonization with the BVN is over 90 percent complete and the data will be handed over to NIMC soon.
“Although the harmonization will help populate the database, we also urge that the Federal Government will provide funding for data capture into the National Identity Data to enable the project which is currently in its pilot phase further progress rapidly.’’
According to the NIMC DG, the Commission had achieved a paradigm shift with the successful setup and implementation of the National Identity Management Scheme (NIMS) in the country.
The DG further pointed out that, the concept of ghost workers or duplicate identities will be eliminated if the ongoing data harmonization is taken to the civil service generally.
“No one can be in Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) more than once, because the individual will be traced through the biometrics and the National Identification Number (NIN).