The NIMC Act 2007 provides for the establishment of the NIMC, its functions, powers, establishment of the National Identity Database, assignment and use of General Multi-purpose cards, and the National Identification Number (NIN). The Act also provides the Commission with powers to make regulations connected with its functions. The NIMC Act 2007 provides the repeal of the law that created the former Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR) and the transfer of its assets and liabilities to the NIMC.
- Core Values
- Governing Board
- Functional Structure
- Principal Officers
The Commission’s mandate can be categorized into four (4) major action tracks, namely:
- Establish the National Identity Management Commission as the primary legal, regulatory and institutional mechanism for implementing Government’s reform initiative (in the identity sector) as contained in the National Policy and NIMC Act, Sections 1, 2, 5 and 6.
- Wind up and take over the assets and liabilities of the former DNCR which no longer exist, including the personnel in both the State and Local Government Offices nationwide;
- Establish, operate and manage the National Identity Management System (NIMS):
- Carry out the enrolment of citizens and legal residents as provided for in the Act;
- Create and operate a National Identity Database;
- Issue Unique National Identification Numbers to qualified citizens and legal residents;
- Issue a National Identity Smart Card to every registered person 16 years and above;
- Provide a secure means to access the National Identity Database so that an individual can irrefutably assert his/her identity [Person Identification Verification Services (PIVS) Infrastructure];
- Harmonize and integrate Identity Databases in Government Agencies to achieve resource optimization through shared services platform;
- Collaborate with private sector and/or public sector institutions to deliver on the NIMS; and
- Register births and deaths through specific collaboration with the National Population Commission.
- Foster the orderly development of an identity sector in Nigeria.
The Commission exists to establish and regulate a reliable and sustainable system of national identity management that enables a citizen or legal resident assert his identity.
It aims to achieve this by setting and maintaining identification standards, creating and managing a secure database, an identity token and a secure means to irrefutably confirm the identity of an individual, that will promote national security and enhance socio-economic development.
The Commission is committed to promoting the highest standard of ethical behaviour among its management and employees. Our core values emphasize Transparency, Promptness, Integrity, Excellence and Professionalism.
Transparency: In the pursuit of creating a national identity management system that is transparent and accountable, NIMC employees are required to maintain the highest ethical standards and create an atmosphere of confidence through openness and clarity in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Promptness: The requirement for promptness and efficiency, as well as the culture of timeliness and accuracy in service delivery, is a cardinal feature of NIMC.
Integrity: Commitment to honesty and dedication to duty are the remarkable virtues that form the hallmark of all NIMC staff.
Excellence: Our burning desire and unquenchable thirst for excellence summed up our motivation to offer the very best.
Professionalism: Members of Staff of NIMC exhibit a high degree of professionalism in the discharge of their responsibilities. As such, they are competent, accountable, respectful, creative and above all, team players.
Section 2 of the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007 provides for an eighteen (18) member Governing Board as the highest-decision making body in the Commission. The Board, which membership other than the Director General/Chief Executive Officer shall be part-time, comprises of a Chairman, a representative each from fourteen (14) government agencies and institutions, three (3) persons who are knowledgeable in Information Communication Technology and the Director General / Chief Executive Officer. This shall consist of:
- A part-time Chairman
- Director General / Chief Executive Officer
- A representative of the Independent National Electoral Commission
- A representative of the National Health Insurance Scheme
- A representative of the Federal Road Safety Commission
- A representative of the Federal Inland Revenue Service
- A representative of the National Pension Commission
- A representative of the Nigeria Police Force
- A representative of the Nigeria Immigration Service
- A representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser
- A representative of the National Population Commission
- A representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria
- Chief of the Defence Staff
- A representative of the Corporate Affairs Commission
- Three Persons who are knowledgeable in Information Communication Technology or Identity Management to represent the public.
The Commission is organized into six (6) departments headed by Directors with other skilled employees in various fields as follows:
1. Director General/CEO's Office;
2. Information Technology / Identity Database Management;
3. Finance & Investment;
4. Corporate Management Services;
5. Operations; and
6. Inspectorate, Regulatory, Compliance & Monitoring Services.
Chris 'E. Onyemenam holds a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) degree and M.Sc. degree in Sociology, as well as LLB degree, all from the University of Lagos. He is a seasoned administrator and professional manager with over 28 years post qualification experience spanning various sectors, including Academics, Manufacturing, Banking and Financial Services, non-governmental and Consulting. Until his calling to public service, he was the Chief Economic Strategist and Head of Research, Economic Intelligence and Franchise Enhancement Group at Zenith Bank Plc. He was also the pioneer Executive Secretary and, later, Director Operations and Administration at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), where he participated actively in the development of major national policy initiatives under the annual Nigerian Economic Summit. Prior to this, Chris was the pioneer Executive Secretary of the Money Market Association of Nigeria. He was also at one time the Permanent Secretary of the South African based African Business Roundtable (ABR). In 2006 he worked as the Secretary / Director General of the Secretariat of the Presidential Implementation Committee on the Implementation of Government decision on the Consumer Credit System Outsourcing Initiative and the Harmonisation of Identification Schemes in Nigeria. The visionary, excellent and thorough work of the Committee gave birth to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigeria. Chris Onyemenam is currently the Director General/CEO of the Commission.
Director, Identity Database Department
Aliyu Aziz Abubakar is an Engineer with over 24 years post qualification experience in Engineering & Information Technology spanning both private and public sector. Until he joined NIMC, he was the Information Technology Adviser to the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). He was at a time, Deputy Director, Information Technology at Bureau of Public Enterprises and the Principal Consultant, Management Information System (MIS) Department, Afri-Projects Consortium (APC). Aliyu has also consulted for National Poverty Alleviation Programme (NAPEP) on Local and Wide Area Networking, Satellite Communications and Management Information System, as well as the Nigeria Police Force on computerization of training schools. He was a senior member of staff of the Secretariat of the PIC on the Implementation of Government Decisions on Consumer Credit System, National Outsourcing Initiative and Harmonization of Identification Schemes in Nigeria. Aliyu Aziz is the Director, National Identity Database Department of NIMC.
Director, Human Capital Management
Head, Legal Services
Carol N. Ojukwu, a Legal Practitioner of over 22 years post call experience. She served in various Committees in Ministry of Justice including Committee on the Investigation of the Loss of Radioactive Sources in Ajakuta Steel Company (2008), National Working Group on Judicial Integrity (organized by UNODC), and National Electoral Reform Committee (2007). Carol was once Head of Chambers and Deputy Head of Chambers, as well as Solicitor and Company Secretary to a number of companies. She has varied experience in general legal practice (Litigation) in Civil, Criminal, Corporate Law and Finance. Carol is the Head of Legal Services of NIMC.
Director, Corporate Communications
Anthony O. Okwudiafor, is a Communication Specialist with over 25 years post qualification experience. He began his career as an Information Officer with the Federal Ministry of Information and Communication and rose to the post of Assistant Director. He has worked variously with the Ministry of Solid Mineral Development, Aviation, Police Affairs, the Presidency and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation as the Head of the Press/Public Relations Unit. Okwudiafor is the Head of the Corporate Communication of NIMC.
||Ag Director, Operations
Cecilia Yahaya is a seasoned Administrator and astute Civil Servant with over 26 years post qualification experience in the Public Sector. She is a graduate of English from the University of Jos. Over the years, she has worked as an Administrative Officer in the Federal Civil Service, where she attained the rank of an Assistant Director. She has served variously in the Federal Civil Service Commission, the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, and the Federal Ministry of Interior, before being deployed to the defunct Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR). In the DNCR, she served in various capacities including State Coordinator of Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto and Benue States. Cecilia is the Acting Director, Operations Department of NIMC.
||Ag Director, Finance & Investment
Abdullahi Ibrahim holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria with over 19 years post qualification experience in both private and public sectors. He served in various senior management capacities at the Zenith Bank Plc where he had primary responsibilities for region-wide and Head Office Services in Cash Management, Interbank Clearing & Settlement, Branch Operations Coordination, Supervision and Inspection, Treasury Operations and Management, as well as Foreign Correspondence Banking. He was a senior member of staff of the Secretariat of the PIC on the Implementation of Government Decisions on Consumer Credit System, National Outsourcing Initiative and Harmonization of Identification Schemes in Nigeria. Ibrahim is the Acting Director Finance and Investment of NIMC.
||Ag Director, Corporate Services
Moses Sunday Obaba is a seasoned Administrator with 23 years of post qualification experience in both the private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy. He holds both a Bachelors of Arts degree in History and Master of Arts degree in Economic History from the Universities of Ibadan and Jos respectively. His working career has spanned the teaching service, Management Consulting and Federal Civil Service. Since joining the Public sector in March 1994, M. S. Obaba had worked in the National Planning Commission, Presidential Villa (Office of the Vice-President), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, before coming on board the Management Team of the National Identity Management Commission. Obaba had served on the National Oil & Gas Committee and represented the State House on the Organising Committee of the Nigerian Economic Summit between 2001 and 2006. Obaba is the Acting Director Corporate Services at the NIMC.
Section (5) of the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007 stipulates that the Commission shall:
a) create, manage, maintain and operate the National Identity Database, established under section 14 of this Act including the harmonization and integration of existing identification databases in government agencies and integration of existing identification databases in government agencies and integrating them into the National Identity Database;
b) carry out the registration of citizens of Nigeria into the National Identity Database;
c) carry out the registration of non-citizens of Nigeria who are lawfully resident in Nigeria;
d) issue a General Multi-purpose Identity Card to any person registered pursuant to paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section;
e) collate information obtained by the Commission in pursuance of its functions as stated under the Act and reproducing such information as may be required, from time to time;
f) assign a unique National Identification Number to any person registered pursuant to paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section and the National Identification Number shall be incorporated into or made compatible with other existing identity related databases or registers in respect of which information or data relating to the registered person has been registered, documented or stored;
g) ensure the preservation, protection, sanctity and security (including cyber-security) of any information or data collected, obtained, maintained or stored in respect of the National Identity Database;
h) establish and maintain secured communication links with any existing relevant identity related database or agency;
i) maintain secured communication links with end users in any public or private organisation, agency or body including Card Acceptance Devices, Government Service Centres;
j) collaborate with relevant bodies and agencies in setting of standards and technical specifications for telecommunications links between organisations and for the devices utilized for such communications established or maintained pursuant to paragraphs (j) and (k) of this section;
k) respond to verification enquires regarding the identification of individuals;
l) perform such other duties which, in the opinion of the Commission, are necessary or expedient for the discharge of its functions under this Act;
m) enter into any form of agreement with any private or public sector based agency or organisation for the development or establishment of the Identity Management Solution or for the realization of any of its functions;
n) research and monitor developments in the identity management sector;
o) carry out the registration of births and deaths in Nigeria;
p) collaborate with relevant bodies and agencies in the setting of standards and technical specifications for ICT links between organizations and for the devices utilized for such communications established or maintained pursuant to paragraph (i) and (j) of this section;
Section (6) of the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007 outlines that the Commission shall have power to:
a) request for any information on data from any person on matters relating to its functions under this Act;
b) fix the terms and conditions of service including remuneration of the employees of the Commission;
c) establish and operate administrative and monitoring offices in the States, Local Government Areas and Area Councils;
d) monitor any matter that may affect the functions of the Commission; and
e) do such other things which this Act or any other enactment are required or permitted to be done by the Commission.