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Make una focus on getting national identification number – NIMC Director don tell Nigerians (make una see dia reason)

Mr Aliyu Aziz, Director-General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), don advise Nigerians make dem focus on getting di National Identification Number (NIN) rather than clamouring for di e-ID card.

Aziz don give di advice for one interview with News Agent of Nigeria (NAN) for Abuja, e tok dat di commission’s main focus was providing identity give all Nigerians.

“Make we focus on providing identity give all Nigerians rather dan talking about few people wey get cards.

“Abeg make we focus on di National Identification Number, because we dey live for digital era now and all go need na your digital ID.

“We dey for digital economy era, as you know dat now you fit transfer money give someone without writing any cheque.

“You fit also load your mobile phone without having a scratch card. So we dey live for digital economy now.

“Therefore, di national identification number, wey b 11 digits wey dem generate and give you, dey more important dan any oda token wey you dey talk about.’’

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E also tok say“there is nothing wey b like `temporary or permanent’ for di language of NIMC as di NIN slip get di unique identification number.

“What we dey issue you for di beginning of a transaction na slip; dat is, before we go generate your NIN wey go issue you one NIN slip wey you fit see your national identification number wey dem write for dia.

“Although by law we go provide one general multi-purpose card, wey b di card wey get applet wey you fit you fit use for driving, payment and identification among odas.

“And di card wey we get b 80 kilobytes card while your ordinary ATM card na just four kilobytes.

So, dat com mean dat di card dey 20 times bigger dan an ordinary ATM card.

“So if you dey buy ATM card for N1,000, so how much we go spend to get dat card; We go spend close to N3,000 to produce dat card (e-ID card).

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According to him, di commission get di approval of the Federal Govment make dem ensure di sustainability of di system.

E also tok dat na di first issuance for di NIN slip and di e-ID card wey b free.

“If you come back make we reprint NIN slip you go pay us N500, if you come back make we reprint di card again you go pay for di cost of di card.

“No b a new policy. So I wanndi public to focus on di NIN,” e reiterated.

Di director-general, however, tok dat so far di commission don enrolled 38 million Nigerian out of di 200 million estimated Nigeria population.

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