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National Identity Day: FG adopts September 16 - ITREALMS

The Federal Government has adopted the observance of the National Identify Day as part of adherence to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.9 which calls for legal identity for all including birth registration by 2030, reports ITREALMS.

Nigeria, 
ITREALMS notes with this adoption, has become the first country in the world to declare September 16 as National Identity Day, despite difficulties in assessing the national ID card in the country.

This is coming as some Nigerians lamented that despite registration, some four years ago, they are yet to get the card which expires every four years.

Disclosing this development, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, in approval letter dated August 29, 2019, and addressed to the Director-General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz.

Reacting in a press statement made available to ITREALMS, Mr. Aziz said that NIMC has immediately lined up a number of activities to formally launch Nigeria’s Identity Day on September 16, 2019 as the maiden edition.

He also said that the programme is expected to take place in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, with stakeholders from both public and private sectors actively participating.

“Many important issues on the international development and human rights agenda have an observance day. For example, 10 December is Human Rights Day, while 20th of June is Refugee Day. Now is the time for identity to have a day of observance,” he declared.
ITREALMS recalls that this adoption was berthed as ID-Day campaign initiated at the 4th Annual Meeting of the ID4Africa Movement on 24 April 2018 in Abuja-Nigeria, as a global coalition calling for the recognition by the United Nations of September 16 – or 16.9 – as International Identity Day (ID Day) given that identity plays an increasingly important role worldwide in developed as well as developing economies.

“The purpose of International Identity Day is to raise awareness about the important role identity plays in empowering individuals to exercise their rights and responsibilities fairly and equitably in a modern society,” he said.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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