The National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) on Thursday stated that it had concluded plans to extend the national identification number (NIN) registration to Saudi Arabia and other countries, including Canada, Germany, Ghana, Senegal, Benin Republic, Mali, India, amongst others.
To ensure the success of the exercise in these countries, the commission disclosed that it had also chosen major cities to ensure that more Nigerians are captured into the national identity database (NIDB).
According to the commission, the rollout of additional enrolment centres in these cities was being done in collaboration with its licensed partners: Dantata Universal Services Nigeria Limited/VFS Global, National e-Authentication/Defcon Systems and Slogani Consults Limited.
It clarified further : “In the Middle East, the commission has completed plans to start the registration in Saudi Arabia’s two major cities: Jeddah and Riyadh and in Ghana the exercise will take place in Accra, the capital, Dakar in Senegal, Cotonou and Port Novo in Benin Republic.
“There will also be registration centres in Banjul capital of The Gambia, Bamako in Mali, Ndjamena in Chad, Monrovia in Liberia, Lome in Togo, Abidjan in Ivory Coast and Douala in Cameroon.
“In Germany, the NIN enrolment centre will be deployed in Berlin and Frankfurt, and in Vancouver in Canada, Leicester and London in the United Kingdom and Houston in the United State of America.
“The venue for the registration in Jeddah is TasHeel Commercial Plaza, First Floor-Suwald Bin Sakher Street, Off Jundub Bin Kaab Street, Al Mohammadiyah District 1, Jeddah, KSA”, the commission added.
This is even as it explained thar in Riyadh the enrolment will take place in Shop 2, Zahra Building Umm al Hamam, Opposite Hyper Panda (Dove Plaza), Umm Al Haman Street, Riyadh, KSA, adding that in Accra, Nigerians can register on the First Floor, Atlantic Tower, Airport City, Accra, Ghana.
Similarly, it hinted that in Dakar, the venue had been fixed at the VFS Global, rez de chausses, Immeeuble atrium centre, km 8 route de Ouakam, Dakar, Senegal while in Cotonou, there are two venues.
These are the Satguru Travel & Tours Services, Immeuble Satguru, Derriere escape and Feud Stade Matheeu Kerekou, rue pave d’ AGLA, 1er VON a gauche Immeuble MSS Sari.
Others are in Port Novo the venue is Tokpa ruw en face de project Songhai, ruw de I’ Englise Catholique Charles Ouganda, immeuble Carrefour le Destin.
The comnission stated that the enrolment centres in Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Mali, Chad, Cameroon, Liberia and Benin Republic will be flagged-off on the 29th July 2019.
In addition, it also confirmed that in India, registration would take place in three major cities; Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai at the following addresses; Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Level, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi- 110001, India; No 74, 3rd Floor, Fagun Towers, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai-600008, India; Urmi Axis Building, Behind Famous Studio, Opp. E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi (West), Mumbai – 400 01 and will be flagged off on the 31st August 2019.
It listed the enrolment centres in the United Kingdom, Germany, USA and Canada will be flagged off on 1st, 4th, 11th and 14th August respectively.
Commenting on the arrangement, Aliyu Aziz, the director general, CEO of NIMC, had said that the enrolment of Nigerians in Diaspora was in fulfillment of the NIMC Mandate to enroll all Nigerians, Legal Residents and Nigerians in Diaspora into the National Identity Database (NIDB) and issue them the unique identification number, NIN.
He said: “NIMC does not have the legal backing and the resources to go to another country to enroll people and capture biometrics and other data; it is in this light that we decided to license private sector organisations which have the legal backing to engage in such service provision for the country.”
The licensed partners include: Biosec Solutions Limited; Slogani Consults Limited; CHAMS Consortium Limited; Defcon Systems Limited/ OIS Services; National eAuthentication Limited/ OIS Services; Thebez Global Resources/ Cox & Kings; Dantata Universal Services/VFS Global; Venn Technology Limited; Kevonne Consults Limited/Iris ID Systems INC.; UGS Technologies Limited/ OrangeHook African Continental/ Carvus; File Solution Limited/ EYE-ID LLC and IRIS Smart Technologies Limited.