By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Senate President, David Mark, has told the Director General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Chris Onyemenam, to hasten the registration and distribution of the biometrics national identity card to Nigerians, saying it is veritable in the effort to fight terrorism in the country.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Mark made this plea while receiving his National identity card from the Director General of the identity commission in Abuja.
He also said the identity card has other advantages, including capacity to guide government in accurate planning, prevention of insecurity and the influx of illegal immigrants.
He said the card is essential, urging that it should be given to all Nigerians as urgently as possible, saying “Most of the challenges we are facing today especially insecurity would have been minimized if we had a good national identity card.
“I hope that this new improved national identity card would curb the ills of the past and give Nigerians a sense of national pride.”
The Senate President expressed the hope that the current effort to truly identify Nigerians would be successful, but pleaded with Nigerians not to abuse or subvert the project.
The new multipurpose National Identity card, he noted, would address so many imbalances especially the issue of population figure of Nigerians.