Committee’s oversight visit at the Commission’s corporate office in Abuja. He argued that, special Commission of this kind that has the mandate to create and manage a National Database which can equally be used for other special assignments like the General election should have no Government interference and should not be placed under the supervision of the Office of the Secretary General of the Federation or any ministry thus the Commission should be absolutely independent.
Honorable Bature expressed satisfaction at the level of the work done on the project, noting that the standard of the Nigerian NIMS project is far ahead of most European countries that are embarking on similar project.
The Chairman suggested that it should be made mandatory for all Citizens to register themselves with the Commission and obtain a National Identification Number (NIN) for the basis of having an authentic National Database in Nigeria.
He also requested NIMC to ensure a speedy harmonization of all the agencies that are currently issuing cards which will undoubtedly curb the current security challenges, help the government in delivering social amenities, and facilitate the development of the Country’s consumer credit system as well as other applications in the financial sector that will help alleviate poverty in the Country.
Earlier, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Barrister Chris Onyemenam highlighted the importance of the NIMS project, its status so far as well as the project’s challenges while making a Presentation to the House Committee Members, Barrister Onyemenam said that, Card Issuance and National Identification Number (NIN) are some of the deliverables that NIMC would use for verification and authentication of Individual’s identity.
He thanked the President and the entire Members of the National Assembly for their support towards the success of the NIMS project.