By Tola Akinmutimi
The National Identity Management Commission on Friday hinted that it had extended the ongoing National Identity Database (NIDB) project to the
Republic of India as part of efforts to capture Nigerians in the country in the database.
The Director General of the commission, Aliyu Aziz, was quoted as saying that the extension of the exercise was in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure that all Nigerian citizens, legal residents and Nigerians in Diaspora are enrolled into the NIDB and issued the National Identification Number (NIN) upon successful enrolment.
Aziz also harped on the importance of the NIN in Nigeria, stressing that it is a mandatory requirement for bank account opening, land transactions, access to legal/health services, acquisition/renewal of the International Passport, driver’s license and the ECOWAS travel document, amongst others.
The comnission stated further that the NIN enrolment exercise, which is being conducted in collaboration with Dantata Universal Services Nigeria Limited/VFS Global, a Nigerian company licensed by it as its agent, would involve thedemographic and biometrics data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in India and carry out enrolment services across the globe with a view to ensuring best-in-class services and inclusivity.
The exercise is scheduled to go live on Monday, 24th June 2019 at Shivaji Stadium Metro Station Mezzanine level Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi- 110001, India.
The NIMC stated further that in addition to India, the partners would also be going live in Johannesburg, South Africa from Friday, 21st June, 2019 and in the United Arab Emirates from Thursday, 27th June 2019.
The Nigerian companies licensed to work with their respective partners across all countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and America to carry out the enrolment of Nigerian adults and children in the Diaspora into the National Identity Database (NIDB) are Biosec Solutions Limited, CHAMS Consortium Limited, Defcon Systems Limited & OIS Services, National eAuthentication Limited & OIS Services.
Others include, Thebez Global Resources, Dantata Universal Services/VFS Global and Venn Technology Limited, Kevonne Consults Limited/Iris ID Systems INC., UGS Technologies Limited/OrangeHook African Continental/Carvus.