If you have not gone for registration and capturing for your National Identity Card, at the designated registration centres by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), this might just be the right time to do so. 

You have between now and 2021 to get registered for your ID or you will have to pay for the issuance of National Identity Card in 2022.

The Director General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz, announced the planned collection of fees for registration at the lunch time reform seminar on National Digital Identity Ecosystem Strategic Road Map for enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into National Identity Database (NIDB) in Abuja on Thursday.

The event was organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in collaboration with NIMC.

Aziz urged Nigerians to make use of the opportunity to get registered and have an identity.

He said the National e-ID Card can only be issued to Nigerians registered into the national identity system and legal residents who have attained the age of 16 years and above, unlike the National Identification Number (NIN) which is assignable to Nigerians only.

"The National e-ID Card can only be issued to Nigerians registered into the national identity system and legal residents who have attained the age of 16 years and above.“but the National Identification Number (NIN) is assignable to Nigerians only,” Aziz said.

The NIMC boss said the e-ID card can be used for identification, payment and other applications in Nigeria.

According to him, the e-ID card will integrate existing identity database into government institutions and enable everyone to also receive a multipurpose ID card.

"As a government, we recognise the huge importance of moving towards a digital government therefore, we must embrace and harness the potentials inherent in digital identity to build and develop our country.

"Nations all over the world and in particular, developed countries have utilised identity as foundation to transforming governance and enhancing service delivery in the areas of healthcare, agriculture, voting, transportation, financial inclusion, access to basic service and welfare programmes,” he said.

Aziz assured Nigerians that no one would be denied government services on account of not having the National Identity Number (NIN).

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“The mandatory enrolment or collection of data by government agencies or licensed agents, along with private sector organisations to be licensed by NIMC under the digital identity ecosystem means fast-tracking of the enrolment process in the national identity system.

“We have a mandate to register all Nigerians and legal residents or at least over 95 per cent of the population within the next three years. It does not necessarily mean that NIMC must have offices or enrollment centres in all nooks and crannies of the country, especially given the current economic situation and realities in our country.

"Instead, in its wisdom the Federal Government approved the new digital identity ecosystem which ensures and mandates all government agencies earlier mentioned and private sector organisations to be licensed by NIMC, to collect citizens’ data using guidelines issued by NIMC through secured approved channels of communication and send such data to NIMC to generate NIN," he said.

Aziz enjoined Nigerians to take advantage of the NIMC sites - nimc.gov.ng and https://touch.nimc.gov.ng/ - to track their e-ID cards from any gadget especially smart phones, tablets, laptops or computers.

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