By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Kwara state coordinator, National Identity Management Commission(NIMC) Mallam Habeeb Olumoh has explained that the delay experienced in not been able to produce the National Identity Number(NIN) Master card was due to paucity of funds from the federal government to the Commission.
He said that was the reason the Commission laid more emphasis on the slip which could be used for any transaction in the Country.
The state coordinator made this disclosure while speaking with Western post correspondent at the Commission office Ilorin on Monday.
The emphasis is no more on the smart card, our emphasis has shifted to the NIM slip, like we have said that NIM slip can be used for any transaction in the Country.
“The poor funding of the Commission brought about the shift. The federal government has not been funding the Commission has expected. It’s a lot of funding that is required to produce this card.”
“This is not peculiar to Kwara state alone,it’s a national thing. If people are complaining of cards unavailability, other states of the federation are complaining too. So it’s not peculiar to Kwara state alone.
“So far enrolment is going on as expected and a lot of people are actually coming in. As at the end of December 2019, we have a record of over 700,000 applicants.
The JAMB directive too which was later aborted anyway has brought in a lot of applicants and even forced their parents who haven’t registered to do so, which is the reason we have the number,” he said.
Olumoh disclosed that the federal government has given the Commission go-ahead on the issue of Ecosystem, where World Bank and EU would partner with the Commission to create more enrolment centres so that a lot of people can be captured in a very short time.
According to him, “So the Commission has come up with the issue of Ecosystem whereby individuals, private concerns are eligible to come in getting licensed by the Commission to open up an enrolment center so that people can be captured as the centres federal government provided are not adequate to capture Nigerians.
“The birth rate keeps increasing that is why its appears we are not making progress.
“The World Bank and EU would be remunerating individual partnering with the Commission by paying one dollar for every successful NIN they generate so that is a kind of incentive which will lure a lot of people to the project slated for three to five years.
“Then, we expect a lot of Nigerians to be captured and at which the federal government will roll out the big plan they have in line with the NIN master card,”he said.
He said the Commission has been sending messages to applicants whose cards are ready but they are nowhere to be found.
“We have sent messages over five times to those whose cards are ready but they are not here and their cards are still lying with us,so I want to encourage people to be patient on Master card collection.
“When we commenced this operation, we said people above 16 years can register.
“Few years after the Commission came up with capturing babies as soon as the baby gets names, the only difference is that for people below 16 to register in the National database, his or her parents must have registered and gotten his or her NIN so the minor registration is going to be tied up with that of the captured parents,so the over seven hundred thousand applicants includes the infants,” he added.
Olympus urged Nigerians to come for enrolment as the pressure has winded down”people should come to some of the centers and get registered, because the truth of the matter is they will need it going forward in the Country,my candid advice”
He highlighted some of the offices in Ilorin as,NIM office Ilorin, Unilorin permanent site centre, Immigration Office,GTbank, Tanke junction,UBA beside A-division,Old maternity Center Amilegbe,suburbs of Ilorin, Okele,Okekere,Pakata,Adewole,Offa,Baruten,Patigi,Edu,Ifelodun and Irepodun.
He said they were expected to be in all the 16 Local government areas but could not because of the logistics problem and because some of the local government are not able to take them in due to poor accommodation.
He said the Commission was once in Moro local government area but no more because applicants were not coming, adding that the Commission was not In Ekiti,Oke-Ero and Isin but Isin would soon take off.