NIN: NIMC registers 57.3m Nigerians

 The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) only 57.3 million Nigerians have been registered out of 200 million population in the country.

Mr Aliyu Aziz, the Director-General, NIMC, said at a workshop co- a Roadmap for digital registration system as part of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System (CRVS) in Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

Aziz said that strong national identity system was vital building viable economy and nation.

He called for intensive birth registrations by all in the country aimed at providing legal identity for all by 2030 in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

“Birth registration will engender financial inclusion and improvement of welfare.

“Foundational identity very important for National Planning,” he said.

The NIMC boss, reiterated the imperatives of birth registrations, affirmed the determination of the commission collaborate with National Population Commission (NPC) in the actualisation of legal identification agenda.

Dr Yemi Kale, the Statistician General, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), lauded National Population Commission (NPC) for its effort in transiting the country from manual digital birth registrations.

Kale, represented by Mr Abolade Sunarjudeen, said that a partnership with population was key reliable population data.

The statistician general, however, called for increased awareness and sensitisation on the importance of birth registration in the country.

Mr Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police, described Civil Registrations and Vital Statistics (CRVS) as roadmap developmental plan initiative.

Baba, represented by ACP Usman Mogaji, said that the exercise was in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 for statistical building of countries.

The IG-P, decried the citizens’ nonchalance issues of birth registrations, said it was capable of impeding national development.

He, however, assured of the Nigerian Police’s commitment the fight against crime using available data from birth registration.

“In wake of banditry, kidnapping and terrorism, Nigerian police the initiative with assurance of being active partners in fighting crime and accessing data.”

Mr Muhammed Babandede, the Comptroller General of Immigration Service (NIS), described CRVS as a critical component in acquisition of passports.

Babandede, represented by Mrs Bimbola Ojo, Asst. Comptroller of Immigration, commended National Population Commission for such giant leap, pledged the support of the NIS.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), according the United Nations continuous, permanent, compulsory and universal recording by registration of the occurrence.

And the characteristics of vital events pertaining the population as provided through decrees or regulation in accordance with the requirements of each country. (NAN)