The Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr. (Mrs.) Habiba Lawal, has inaugurated the Governing Board of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The inauguration of the body was done on Thursday, 21st September, 2017 at the SGF’s office in Abuja, sequel to the dissolution of the boards of all Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies and Government-Owned Companies in 2015.
Comprised of nineteen (19) members, four (4) non-executive Presidency representatives and fourteen (14) non-executive representatives from other federal government agencies, the board has Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the Chairman, and Mal. Bello Ibrahim Gwandu, Rt. Hon (Engr) Akanimo Edet, Mr. Toibudeen Oduniyi, as representatives of the presidency.
Others include Engr Chidi Nwafor – Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Ikharo Nasiru Saliu – National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), DCG. Raymond T.A. Jaja – Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Mrs Ekanem Bassy Aikhomu – National Pension Commission (PENCOM), Mr. Iloka Bertram Chukwubuike – National Population Commission (NPopC).
Mr. Dipo Fatokun – Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), DCP David Igbodo – Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Engr. M.S Lawal – Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Mrs. Saratu Shafi’i – Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Mr. Kola Okunola – Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Maj. Gen. E.G. Whyte – Office of the Chief of Defence, Mrs. Elizabeth Ayodele – Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Williams Fugah – Department of State Security Service (DSS), Mr. Charles Theophilus fdc – Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the DG/CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz.
While inaugurating the board, the SGF called on the board to work closely together, build synergy and ensure that the work being done at the Commission achieves its objectives. Adding that the proliferation and duplication of efforts at biometric based identity systems is neither cost effective nor security-smart.
The SGF also called on the private sector to invest promptly in the project, to help achieve the objective of populating the National Identity Database, which in turn will ensure that the NIMC is properly equipped to provide services to all sectors and aspects of our economy and nation.
The Chairman assured the SGF of the new body’s commitment. “We shall live up to expectations, especially given the fact that the burden placed on our shoulders is a very sensitive and significant one that must be carried with very sincerity and patriotism”, he said.