Nigerians to get new ID cards

Date: 06-12-2010 11:58 am (11 years ago) | Author: Aliuniyi lawal
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After 10 years, Nigeria is set to launch a fresh set of national identity cards and as early as January next year, people may be required to line up for the new bio-data registration process. The National Identity Management Commission which is in charge of the scheme assured Nigerians that the new cards will be different from the ones issued between 2001 and 2006.

Sources at the commission told NEXT that the project involves the creation of a new identity database and goes beyond merely providing citizens and legal residents with an identity document as was done in the previous 2001 SAGEM project.

“The National Identity Management System is a quantum leap from the SAGEM project which was initiated in 2001 to provide an integrated card production facility.

This 2001 technology did not offer a unique identification number or a secure platform to assert one’s identity without a card. SAGEM produced cards, but not an identity system. This database is one of the three components of the emerging national identity management system, the other two being a secure identity document and a system for authenticating and verifying identity,” a source within the commission, who asked not to be named, said.

Anthony Okwujafor, the spokesperson for the Commission, confirmed that new ID cards will soon be rolled out. “The new ID card will have a unique number for every person and would be usable anywhere in the world,” he said.

A more secure system

The National Identity Management Commission said one of the benefits of the new arrangement is that it will provide a common database from which other government agencies and the private sector can find an authentic identification process.

“At this pace, NIMC is driving the prompt achievement of the presidential directive on the fast-track harmonisation and consolidation of biometric projects in government agencies. When completed, the national identity management system will ensure that every registered person has unique national identification number that will enable that person to assert his or her identity even in the absence of a card. The system will also ensure that its database is linked to those of key agencies such as the FRSC, immigration, while a verification service will enable third-parties (banks, employers, schools) to verify the identities of the persons they are transacting business with. The fibre optic link between the national identity data centre and the relevant government agencies has been commissioned by NIMC,” our source said.

Officials also disclosed that the commission has already begun test running the project using some specific government agencies and ministries.

“NIMC and its private sector partners have already completed the biometric registration of civil servants on behalf of the office of the Head of Service. This civil service database is fully integrated with the national identity database. The biometric harmonisation for government agencies is going well. The commission has also worked with INEC on the standards and specifications for the voters’ register so that it can meet the harmonisation requirements for the databases held by various government agencies.”

A cesspit

The idea of issuing national identification cards to Nigerians was mooted in 2001 under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. In 2003, large scale fraud was discovered in the project leading to the arraignment of three ministers. They were charged with corruption in connection with a $214m contract with SAGEM, a French firm, which was supposed to implement the project.

Those accused included former internal affairs minister Sunday Afolabi, Mohammed Shatta, a former minister of state in that ministry; and former labour minister Hussain Akwanga. Mr Afolabi died before the case was concluded and since then none of those charged have been prosecuted and the charges were subsequently dropped. The project went on and was executed haphazardly.

Posted: at 6-12-2010 11:58 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- shalini at 6-12-2010 12:20 PM (11 years ago)
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cool
Posted: at 6-12-2010 12:20 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- baby14life at 6-12-2010 12:21 PM (11 years ago)
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ok...........
Posted: at 6-12-2010 12:21 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- sixtyhoneyy at 6-12-2010 12:31 PM (11 years ago)
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no comment
Posted: at 6-12-2010 12:31 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- bafyguy at 6-12-2010 12:38 PM (11 years ago)
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This is cool
Posted: at 6-12-2010 12:38 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- natyodion at 6-12-2010 12:43 PM (11 years ago)
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How authentic will this  new ID cards be?
Posted: at 6-12-2010 12:43 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- madrid at 6-12-2010 01:03 PM (11 years ago)
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another way to steal money................
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:03 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- Adikpe at 6-12-2010 01:05 PM (11 years ago)
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Do you think so?
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:05 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- blings_is_back at 6-12-2010 01:26 PM (11 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:26 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- Tundea1 at 6-12-2010 01:31 PM (11 years ago)
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I hope we will get it right this time.
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:31 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- deangel at 6-12-2010 01:35 PM (11 years ago)
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this is another fraud nigeria should beware
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:35 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- blings_is_back at 6-12-2010 01:35 PM (11 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:35 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- fafas at 6-12-2010 01:40 PM (11 years ago)
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i like our ways, when it comes to sharing money, they do it secret,... Anyway,,its good but. ID card is not employment oh.
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:40 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- adewalefisayo at 6-12-2010 01:42 PM (11 years ago)
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lets wait and see if its going to be real dis time.
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:42 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- lanudja at 6-12-2010 01:43 PM (11 years ago)
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No wahala
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:43 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- blings_is_back at 6-12-2010 01:49 PM (11 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:49 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- adewalefisayo at 6-12-2010 01:54 PM (11 years ago)
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lets wait and see if its going to be real dis time.
Posted: at 6-12-2010 01:54 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- masterOGY at 6-12-2010 02:04 PM (11 years ago)
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THEY ALL FOUL!!! SINCE WE HAVE TOOK INDEPENDECE 5OYRS AGO ...COMONG  (TOGO) HAVE NATIONAL ID, MORE THAN 25YRS AGO.
Posted: at 6-12-2010 02:04 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- dirtykid at 6-12-2010 02:08 PM (11 years ago)
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We hope this one will not take another 10yrs to come out. something other countries do normal, our own will be long story.

Posted: at 6-12-2010 02:08 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- Kennee at 6-12-2010 02:11 PM (11 years ago)
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Dis Should be Good

Posted: at 6-12-2010 02:11 PM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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