Enrolment for the national identity card started about some 4 years ago, and we are just learning that only 33 million Nigerians have been enrolled so far.

And this is according to Mr Aliyu Aziz, who is the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC.

Aziz said on Monday said that the commission had stepped up its strategy to fast-track the enrolment of more citizens and provide them with legal identification.

“NIMC has stepped up its operations, which has seen the enrolment figure with the unique National Identification Number (NIN) now at over 33 million, astronomically up from just seven million three years ago,” he said.

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The Director-General said that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had on September 12, 2018 approved the immediate commencement of the implementation of a strategic roadmap for Digital Identity Ecosystem in Nigeria.

Aziz said that the step would further boost enrolment across the country, more so as government had set the enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN for January 1, 2019.

According to him, the Digital Identity Ecosystem was a framework that leveraged on the existing capabilities and infrastructure of distinct government agencies and private sector organisations.

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