NIMC seeks online media support on information management 

Fri, Jun 21, 2024
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By Anthony Isibor 

WITH the internet becoming the primary source of information for many, particularly the youth, the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, has called for the support of the Publishers of Online Newspapers in Nigeria to check the spread of misinformation.

While acknowledging the dual role of the Online publishers as key partners in disseminating accurate information and potential sources of misconceptions, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Abisoye Coker-Odusote, said that the Commission was also deliberate about establishing a relationship that would help prevent misinformation about NIMC’s activities and clear up any existing misconceptions, thereby maintaining public trust.

Speaking at the 2-day Roundtable with publishers of online newspapers in Nigeria, Coker-Odusote said that it was organised to forge a partnership that could leverage the strengths of online media platforms to support its mission, while ensuring that any misconceptions were promptly and accurately addressed.

She explained that while the internet is crucial for disseminating information, it is also a breeding ground for misinformation and rumours, which can severely impact the reputation and trust in organizations.

According to her, this partnership will create a platform for the commission to explain its activities and achievements directly to the media, ensuring clear communication and mutual understanding.

She disclosed that the NIMC has established grievance redress systems, which include a centralized grievance register, a contact centre and multiple channels for submitting complaints. 

This system ensures that queries are addressed promptly, problems with implementation are resolved efficiently and complaints from ecosystem partners are effectively managed.

She noted that the NIMC under his watch is committed to complying with all extant laws and regulations governing the protection of data in Nigeria. 

“Pursuant to our commitment to transparency and accountability, we have instituted robust mechanisms for participation, grievance redress, and regular monitoring to enhance operational performance and mitigate social risks. 

“So far, we have done so much towards ensuring compliance with the highest standards of data security, sanitizing the system and processes, while ensuring the integrity of data on the country’s identity database. We shall not rest on our oars.

“My administration has zero tolerance for corruption. I hereby reiterate my commitment to sanitizing NIMC in conformity with the mandate of Mr. President.

“Let me also use this medium to remind you all that enrolment for the National Identification Number, NIN, is free of charge in Nigeria.

“Over the next two days, you will be exposed to NIMC’s operations, strategy, activities, reforms, technical infrastructure upgrade, success stories and plans. 

“As publishers of online newspapers, you are at the forefront of this effort. Your platforms are instrumental in educating the public about our activities, operations, and the benefits of a robust national identity management system,” she added.


June 21, 2024 @ 16:23 GMT