In a significant development aimed at simplifying the process of obtaining a National Identification Number (NIN) and digital identification, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) unveiled a groundbreaking self-service mobile application. The launch took place in Abuja on Saturday, coinciding with Nigeria’s fifth Identity Day celebration.
Chucks Onyepunka, NIMC’s Director for Information Technology, introduced the innovative mobile application, emphasizing its potential to streamline NIN enrollment for all Nigerians. This new digital tool promises to revolutionize the way citizens obtain their NINs.
Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, underscored the importance of harmonizing the country’s diverse databases to combat crime and accelerate national development. He stated, “With a database of over 100 million National Identification Numbers in the National Identity Database (NIDB), NIMC provides essential access to attaining this goal along with other major stakeholders.”
Furthermore, Minister Tunji-Ojo highlighted the collaborative efforts of government agencies, including NIMC, in enhancing public access to services like passport acquisition and renewal, bolstering border security, addressing insecurity issues, safeguarding national assets, rehabilitating offenders, and improving emergency response times.
Abisoye Coker-Odusote, Acting Director-General of NIMC, reiterated the profound importance of identity, noting that it transcends being a mere card or number. She stated, “It unlocks access to essential services, social benefits, and pathways to personal and economic growth. At the National Identity Management Commission, our vision remains unwavering: to provide every citizen and legal resident with a digital primary identity, making it a universal reference point.”
Coker-Odusote emphasized the need for Nigeria to continue developing its Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI), emphasizing its potential to positively transform lives.
The NIMC has announced that the application will soon be available for download on both Google and iOS app stores, marking a significant step toward greater accessibility for Nigerians.