The National Database Harmonisation Committee has proposed three years for the capture of 180 million Nigerians and other residents in the National Identification card scheme
The issuance of the National Identity Cards which started several years ago had been slowed down due to multiplicity of data collection points but the harmonisation committee had tried to achieve a one-stop centre.
The senior special assistant to the President on ICT, Mr Lanre Osibona, told state House correspondents after the committee’s meeting yesterday that the national identification registration had moved from five million in 2015 to about 20 million in 2017.
“It is good to also share with you that when we came in about two years ago there were five million records of NIMC but today we have moved it close to 20 million and we intend to have up to 30 million by the end of this year.
“We are working with the World Bank and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to have a proper approach on how we will be able to capture over 180 million Nigerians over a three year period,’’ he stated.
The presidential aide stated that it was important to note the effort of government toward achieving a digital economy as being midwifed by the National Information Technology and Development Agency (NITDA).
“What we have also captured in here is the Public Key Infrastructure which will sit within NITDA.
“An intention of this is to allow for digital signing of key documents being able to authenticate our document digitally.
“Again this helps meet the effort of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Committee (PEBEC) on the ease of doing business.’’
According to him, the federal government expected to see the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to be able to issue certificates digitally.
He said the same applied to National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as well as tax clearance.
“So the resolution, as part of the meeting here, is that this will be driven by NITDA,’’ he said.
He said that the committee’s meeting was fruitful in terms of national identity which it considered was a great asset for the country adding that so much work had been going on with respect to harmonizing all the data bases.
He said the country was eventually making progress noting that the benefits of national identity were immense and applied to security, innovation, social inclusion as well as financial inclusion.