Nigeria’s new identity system unveiled

January 7, 2014 • Security, Top Stories, West Africa


Lagos, Nigeria. The country has an active and growing ICT sector.

Lagos, Nigeria..(Image credit:opengist3)

From Nigeria, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has affirmed that the eleven digit National Identification Number (NIN) will serve to authenticate the identity of registrants.

Media reports state that once legal residents register, they will be issued with this unique number and a chip-based, entirely poly carbonate smart card. Authorities have emphasised the differential quality of the new system saying that it is a move away from the conventional photo card-based system.

As The Vanguard reports, the Card has 13 applications – including a payment solution, match-on-card and an e-PRI. People can also pre-enrol via a portal.

The Director Corporate Communications of the Commission, Okwudiafor Anthony, is quoted as saying that the pre-enrolment process ensures that individuals provide the necessary demographic data and generate a pre-registration slip for further processing at a NIMC enrolment centre.

It is believed that the new National Identity Management System will provide an effective means of combating identity theft and fraud.

Staff writer

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