Barely three weeks after it successful launched its Diaspora enrolment initiative in South Africa, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Monday stated that it had extended the programme to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK).
According to the commission, the NIN enrolment in UAE and the UK is in collaboration with the Defcon Systems Limited (DSL) and the National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL), Nigerian companies licensed by the NIMC to serve as its agents, and carry out enrolment services globally with a view to ensuring best-in-class services and inclusivity.
The NIMC stated further that the exercise would involve the demographic & biometrics data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the two countries.
The commission disclosed that while the UAE programme would kick off tomorrow, 26th March, at the Online Integrated Solutions (OIS) DMCC office, 22nd Floor, Silver Tower, cluster I Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai, UAE, the UK exercise would commence on Friday 29th March at the Online Integrated Solutions offices located at OIS services, 56/57 Fleet street London EC4Y IJU, UK; and OIS Services, St. Georges House, 6 St Georges Way, Leicester LE1 1SH, UK
Speaking on the commission’s latest drive to capture more enrollees under the programme, the Director General, Engr. Aliyu Azeez, explained that “the extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure that all Nigerian citizens in Nigeria and the Diaspora and Legal Residents in Nigeria are enrolled into the National Identity Database and issued the unique National Identification Number (NIN) to applicants upon successful enrolment.”
The Director General reiterated that the programme would make it easier for Nigerians in Diaspora to be identified as the Federal Government of Nigeria has made the possession of NIN a mandatory requirement for elections, Bank account opening, Land Transactions, access to Legal/health services, acquisition/renewal of the International Passport, Driver’s License and the ECOWAS travel document, amongst others.
In addition, he hinted that the roll out of additional locations in other cities of the world where Nigerians reside would be concluded and announced in due course.
The Nigerian companies licensed to work with their respective partners across all countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and America 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, Defcon Systems Limited, National eAuthentication Limited, Thebez Global Resources and Venn Technology Limited.