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Jonathan Launches National ID-Card

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Jonathan Launches National ID-Card


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President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday directed all federal government
ministries, agencies and agencies (MDAs) to unify their biometric data
capture operations with the national electronic identity card (e-ID
Card) scheme.

Giving the directive when he launched the issuance process of the
e-ID card at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the president asked the
commission to work with the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System
(IPPS) and Pension Department.

Jonathan said, “The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) should also
ensure immediate compliance. The regime of duplication of biometric data
bases must now have to give way to harmonisation and unification with
the e-ID scheme, which shall be the primary data base.

“The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), the
attorney-general and minister of justice, and the governor of the CBN
should immediately key in. They should, in conjunction with NIMC, reach
modalities for the harmonisation of their biometric projects, including
other ongoing projects in other MDAs, with the e-ID card scheme.

“Proliferation and duplication of efforts is neither cost effective,
nor security-smart. It is important to remove obstacles that may impede
the NIMC from the discharge of its constitutional functions and
statutory obligations.”

The president lamented the absence of a national identification
system which, he said, made it difficult for targets of government’s
subsidy programmes and other social security services to be reached.

He said it was for this reason that he considered the launch of the
card as an important milestone which has brought his administration’s
vision of a reliable national identity database to reality.

He said: “I am particularly pleased about NIMC because a number of
things we are supposed to do well as a nation, we are not doing well;
and sometimes we blame governmen because of the failure of the system
and the credibility of the process.

He noted that the national electronic identity management system would go a long way in addressing this challenge.

Jonathan added: “I’m quite pleased today that with the NIMC’s success
story, we are moving forward as a nation. Everybody talks about change,
and I always say that it is not possible to just wake up and change. A
change is a vector quantity; you must have the magnitude and the
direction.

“I have taken keen interest in this project, primarily because of the
pervasive impact it can have on every facet of the socio-economic
fabric of our dear nation. This is in sync with the transformation
agenda of my government”.

NIMC director-general, Mr Chris Onyemenam, had earlier explained that
the national e-ID Card was a multi-purpose card for identification,
electronic signatures, biometric on-card verification and other
applications.

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