THE Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, is elated and optimistic that the Digital Identity, when fully implemented, will serve as an Advance Identity Solution that is more secured and easier to access by service providers due to its credibility and reliability.
Speaking after the presentation of the Citizens Data Management and Harmonisation Report to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Chairman of the Committee, Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, Babandede noted that it is in line with best international practice to adopt a digital identity.
According to him, it works like the social security number in US and UK for the harmonisation of Citizens Identity Data domiciled with MDAs, once the individual has the National Identity Number, NIN, issued to them and can remember same you are done, as the card will only be for record purposes only, the future is digital Identification.
A statement by James Sunday, Service Public Relations Officer, NIS, said that the NIS was foremost among agencies of government to advance towards digitilisation of identity data of citizens when it introduced the integration of NIN as a major requirement among others for acquiring the enhanced e-passports which was flagged-off by President Muhammadu Buhari when he took the first enhanced e-passport with 10-year validity on the 16th January, 2019 at the State House.
“Also the e-migrants registration is tailored towards harmonisation of the data of all foreign entities resident in Nigeria with the intention of having a robust digital data of all Non-Nigerians in the country, the E-migrant registration exercise commenced on the 12th July, 2019.
“The NIS will continue to adopt advance technology to ease facilitation of services rendered to the public, considering the fact that the Technology Building at the NIS Headquarters is a Digital Information and Data hub that all key digital solution will be deployed to meet the needs of government at all fronts,” it said.
It urged the public to keep the record of their NIN to ease facilitation of services, while looking forward to the digital identification system when it is implemented.
Aug. 15, 2020 | 13:35