The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said it has registered 554,000 Nigerians and will shortly roll-out the issuance of registered identity cards in the process of creating, authenticating and harmonizing its database.
Director General of the Commission, Mr. Chris E. Onyemenam, who spoke to journalists at the weekend in Abuja, said that NIMC is empowered to capture data of persons, issue identification cards with National Identification Number (NIN) as a process of personal identity management.
He said Nigerians can register for free in any of the NIMC offices across the country adding that the commission will soon start issuing identification cards to registered persons.
Onyemenam said that apart from capturing data and issuance of identification cards, NIMC is also empowered to, in a continuous process, authenticate, verify and harmonize data captured.
According to him, the process of registration of persons started in February 2012 with a pilot enrolment centres established in FCT especially at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), National Assembly and Federal Secretariat among others and is now available on-line and will be extended to local governments in due course.
The NIMC DG said the proof of identity will aid in identifying criminals and combating corrupt practices in financial institutions, stressing that NIMC will work in collaboration with 14 other agencies to be able to serve Nigerians.