The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has launched a self-service mobile application to address issues Nigerians are having with the enrolment for the National Identification Number (NIN).
The application was unveiled in Abuja on Saturday at an event to commemorate Nigeria’s fifth Identity Day. The Managing Director of Barnksforthe Technologies, Mr Adebayo Bankole, who designed the App, said it would address issues associated with NIN registration including change of name, and date of birth correction, among others. He, however, noted that users cannot change their age more than once.
Speaking during the unveiling of the app, the acting Director General of NIMC, Abisoye Coker-Odusote Coker-Odusote said the newly launched ‘Self-service online solution’ App would address the challenges associated with registration of NIN. With this app, she said Nigerians would be able to solve several NIN issues in the comfort of their homes.
According to NIMC, the app would soon be available to be downloaded on Google and iOS stores.
On the importance of Identity Day being commemorated, the NIMC DG said the day holds exceptional importance, adding that it provides everyone with an opportunity to reflect on the pivotal role that identity plays in our lives and its profound impact on society.
- “It is a day to recognize the transformative power of identity in shaping our destinies, safeguarding our rights, and connecting us as global citizens. Identity is more than a mere card or a number; it symbolizes our existence, our entitlements, and our place within society.
- It unlocks access to essential services, social benefits, and pathways to personal and economic growth. It stands as a testament to our individuality while serving as a bridge to our shared humanity,” she said.
She added that NIMC’s vision remains to provide every citizen and legal resident with a digital primary identity, making it a universal reference point.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo said the harmonization of all the country’s databases is key to curbing crime and spurring national development.
TechTrackAfrica recalls that NIMC, which was formerly under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, was recently moved to the Interior Ministry.
While noting that work has commenced to ensure that the country has a single point database, Tunji-Ojo said:
- “With a database of over 100 million National Identification Numbers in the National Identity Database, NIDB, NIMC provided essential access to attaining this goal along with other major stakeholders.
- “As a member of the ministry of interior family, NIMC joins with other sister agencies in not only improving access by the general public to services like passport acquisition and renewal but also the likes of efficient border security technology, effective handling of insecurity around the country, protection of critical national assets and infrastructure, reformation and reintegration of rehabilitated offenders in the society as well as improved emergency and fire response times.”
The Minister added that all Nigerians were stakeholders in ensuring the successful implementation of positive policies regarding national identity as it affects the government's social safety net and financial inclusion programs.