Kogi State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, stated this when he received officials of the National Identity Management Commission, Abuja, who were in his office to present him with his new National Identity Card.
Awoniyi, said the importance of having a comprehensive data of all Nigerians, would not only help in curbing issues of insecurity in the country, the exercise he noted would assist in ensuring that the nation has a well documented data base of all its citizens.
Awoniyi expressed happiness that the National Identity Card scheme has the capacity to capture Nigerians irrespective of where they are located, praised the technological improvement deployed by the commission.
Awoniyi expressed satisfaction in the commitment shown by the personnel of NIMC whom he noted are willing to deliver on the federal government’s mandate to register eligible nigerians.
While noting that it is encouraging that eight of the local government areas in the state have keyed into the programme, Awoniyi said he is optimistic that with the importance derivable from the project to the nation, other councils that are yet to embrace the registration exercise in the state would be encouraged to do so.
Earlier in her remarks, Hajia Hadiza Ali Dagabana, leader of the delegation of the National Identity Management Commission, said the Commission is saddled with creating, and managing a data base of all Nigerians above 18 years of age.
She described the Commission as a project of the Federal Government for identity management of its citizens, and solicited the enrollment of citizens of the state in the on going exercise nation wide.
Hajia Dagabana, called for collaboration of all Nigerians, disclosing that with the National identity card registration number, which is normally given after registering with NIMC, it would serve not only as a means of identification but as a means for other business transactions.