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NIMC sets up over 200 enrolment centres nationwide

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has established over two hundred new Enrolment Centres across the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) reports ITRealms.

NIMC, ITRealms also gathered from the Deputy Director, Corporate Communications, Mr. Abdulhamid Umar has commenced enrolment exercises for the National Identification Number (NIN) in these Enrolment Centres in the last 10 weeks.

He quoted the Director of Operations, Mrs. Cecilia Yahaya as saying NIMC is committed to ensuring that the deployment of all enrolment infrastructures based on global best practices was done expeditiously to enable NIMC meet the Presidential directive of December 31, 2014.

She said some of the Enrolment Centres are located in the following Local Government Areas: Alimosho, Eti-Osa, Lekki, Agege, Army Barracks Ojo, Ipaja in Lagos state. Others are Akpabuyo, Odukpani, Biase, Ogoja, etc., in Cross River State; Gerei, Minchika, Song and Mayobelwa in Adamawa State; Nnewi North, Onisha North and South, Anoacha, and Ogbaru in Anambra State.

Other Centres are Kano Municipal, Madoni, Kura, Wudil, Gezawa Tarauni, in Kano State; Alkaleri, Dass, Toro, Katagun in Bauchi; Ivo, Ishilu, Izzi in Ebonyi State and others.

Mrs. Yahaya added that a number of Enrolment Centres have also been opened in more Tertiary Institutions nationwide; they include University of Ilorin, IBB University Lapai, FUTMinna Permanent and Temporary Campus, University of Benin, University of Calabar, Maritime Academy, Covenant University, Crawford University, University of Kastina, Kaduna Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic Birnin Kebbi, Federal polytechnic Ibadan, Ladoke University of Tech, ABU Zaria.

She called on all eligible applicants to visit the NIMC website, www.nimc.gov.ng to see the full list of Enrolment Centres closest to them.

The Director of Operations, further explained that the deployment of these Enrolment Centres is to facilitate, as well as fast-track the enrolment of all Nigerians wherever they may reside; “with the deployment of these new enrolment centres, we now have close to four hundred Enrolment Centres nationwide; while about 50 others will be deployed in the next one month. These would no doubt fast-track enrolment,” she said.

“We have a target, we have expectations and we are moving at the fastest pace possible to enable us enrol as many eligible applicants as possible, subject to a very tight budgetary constraint of course,” she said.

Mrs. Yahaya noted that the Commission has captured the data of close to 3 million Nigerians, and hinted that the newly deployed Enrolment Centres would see aggressive attempts to grow the number of enrolments from 60,000 a day, to 100,000 a day.

She encouraged eligible applicants to take advantage of the NIMC pre-enrolment portal, www.ninenrol.gov.ng, to pre-enrol for the NIN, before proceeding to Enrolment Centre closest to them for biometrics data capture.

“Applicants are further advised to come along with a supporting document such as birth certificate, driver’s licence, International Passport, Voters Identity Card, etc., to complete enrolment and get the National Identification Number,” she said.

In addition, Director of Operations said that the scheme would help to protect Nigerians from identity theft and fraud by providing a simple, reliable, sustainable and universally acceptable means of confirming someone’s identity at all times.

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