Nigerians Abroad Will Soon Start Voting In Elections, As NIMC Launches NIN In UK
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), in partnership with one of its licensees, National eAuthentication Limited, have commenced the issuance of National Identification Numbers to Nigerians living in the United Kingdom (UK).
The epoch-event, took place at OIS office, Fleet Street, London, and was flagged off by the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador George Oguntade.
The High Commissioner, who was also the first enrollee, expressed delight that the Nigerian Digital Identity ecosystem is all inclusive and catering for the Interest of Nigerians living outside Nigeria.
Oguntade commended the NIMC for carrying out the mandate given by President Muhammadu Buhari with dispatch and dexterity.
He also pleaded with Nigerians in the Diaspora to avail themselves of the opportunity.
Speaking earlier at the event, the Director-General and CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, said the unique national identifier, popularly known as the National Identification Number, will solve the identity challenges that the nation and indeed Nigerians are facing both at home and in the Diaspora.
According to Aziz, the Federal Government started a reform agenda centered on institutionalising an identity management system for the country and provide a nationally accepted, easily verifiable identity number that citizens, residents and agencies can use to irrefutably affirm identities.
The Director-General emphasized that the main focus of the reform agenda is to create a sustainable system that transforms the way identity is collected, authenticated and asserted using modern biometric system.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who was also present at the event said that with this new identity system, Nigerians in the Diaspora can now start looking towards being able to vote after necessary laws must have been amended.
Dabiri-Erewa charged them to take advantage of the opportunity and cooperate with the National Identity Management Commission, to deliver on this history making mandate.