Nigerian citizens residing in Togo, Niger Republic, Ivory Coast and the Republic of Ireland can now be added to the national identity database, as the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended the enrolment of Nigerians in these countries.
The NIMC has a mandate to ensure that all Nigerian citizens and legal residents are enrolled in the national identity database and issued the unique National Identification Number (NIN) upon successful enrolment.
In a statement signed by Abdulhamid Umar, general manager, operations and corporate communications, NIMC, the commission revealed that the extension of diaspora registration to the aforementioned countries was in partnership with Kevonne Consults Limited, Slogani Consults Nigeria Limited and Knowledge Square Nigeria Limited, all Nigerian-owned companies licensed to serve as agents on behalf of NIMC across the globe.
With only about 38 million Nigerian citizens and legal residents registered into the database collection for the NIN, out of a population of about 200 million, the NIMC has intensified efforts to capture all citizens home and abroad to attain legal identity for all, in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.9 – to provide legal identity for all, including free birth registrations by 2030.
Recall that Aliyu Aziz, the DG/CEO NIMC, had earlier said that the programme was planned to make it easier for Nigerians in diaspora to be identified, especially as the federal government of Nigeria had made the possession of NIN a mandatory requirement for acquisition and renewal of the international passport, bank account opening, pension services, land transactions, access to legal/health services, driver’s license, exam registrations like UTME/DE, access to other government services amongst others.
“The exercise, which will involve the demographic and biometrics data capture of Nigerian citizens residing in the four countries will commence in Niger Republic on the 20th of December, 2019 at Institut des Enseignements Professionnel et Technique-LA REFERENCE- IEPTR. Sis au quqrtier Faiseaux Quest non loin de la Francophonie batiment ONG GNLD and Ecole: Complexe Scolaire Prive- MON AVENIR. Sis Cite Depute, magasin 6 portes, cote oppose ECOLE KOIREE, and It in Lome, Togo on the same date at 2073 Jean Paul II Boulevard Ancien Immeuble Air Burkina.
The exercise will also commence on the 20th of December, 2019 in Ivory Coast, at Cocody Angre 7 eme tranche entre le terminus 81/82 et le terrain D Angre. And in Dublin, Ireland on the 14th of January, 2020 at Unit 9 Porters Avenue, Cool mine Ind Estate Dublin15,” the statement read.
Furthermore, Knowledge Square Nigeria Limited has also been licensed to open centres in Chicago, Canada and London to compliment the centres operating in these countries. The exercise will commence in Chicago, USA on the 13th of December, 2019 at Africa International House 6200 S Drexel Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, and in Ontario, Canada on the 17th of December, 2019 at 8 Melanie Drive, Ste. 202, Brampton, ON.L6K 4L2 and in London, UK on the 8th of January, 2020 at 160 Maple Road, London SE208JB.
NIMC has also licensed UGS Technologies Limited to operate as an agent in Minnesota, USA, which is set to commence on the 10th of December, 2019 at Orange Hook Inco. 319-Bery Ave.S.Ste.-300 Wayzatta Minnesota.
The Nigerian companies licensed to work with their respective partners across all countries to carry out the enrolment of Nigerian adults and children in the diaspora into the National Identity Database (NIDB) are; Biosec Solutions Limited, CHAMS Consortium Limited, Dantata Universal Services/VFS Global, Defcon Systems Limited/OIS Services, File Solution Limited/EYE-ID LLC, IRIS Smart Technologies Limited, Kevonne Consults Limited/Iris ID Systems Inc., National eAuthentication Limited/OIS Services, Slogani Consults Limited, Thebez Global Resources/Cox & Kings, UGS Technologies Limited/OrangeHook African Continental/Carvus, Venn Technology Limited and Knowledge Square Nigeria Limited