President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday ordered that the National Electronic Identity Card (e-ID Card) should be used for speedy payment of workers’ salaries and pensions.
The President, who gave the order at the Presidential Villa while launching the e-ID card, also mandated the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to work with the relevant agencies to that effect.
While describing the realization of the roll-out of the National Identity Management System (NIMS) exercise as a milestone, Jonathan directed the NIMC to immediately complement the efforts of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS) and Pension Department, by ensuring that federal civil servants and pensioners are enrolled and issued their Cards promptly, so that the e-ID and the secure payment platform could both facilitate speedy and safe payment of salaries and pensions.
Jonathan also ordered that the identity authentication and verification services that are in pilot phase, should immediately be further extended to other law enforcement agencies and be made available at the airports and other border posts, for enhanced security checks.
Also, he said NIMC should ensure that all persons eligible to register, as provided for in Section 16 of the NIMC Act No. 23, of 2007, are enrolled into the National Identity Database and that all government Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) involved in data capture activities, must align their activities, with a view to switching over to the NIMC infrastructure.
While directing that the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) should also ensure compliance immediately, the President noted that the regime of duplication of bio-metric data bases must now give way to harmonization and unification with the e-ID scheme as the primary data base.
He further observed: “We must at the onset keep in mind that the journey to capture the populace, by issuing over 100million Cards has just begun. You should therefore ensure that the issuance process is prompt and swift enough to enable many more Nigerians obtain their own e-ID Cards, as soon as possible.”
“To all Nigerians, I say, remember the National Identification Number (NIN), is your identity. The Card is not only a means of certifying your identity, but also a personal database repository and payment Card, all in your pocket!” Jonathan declared.
In her remarks, Okonjo-Iweala, noted that with the launch of the issuance of the e-ID card, Nigerians are going to have a card that will enable them to incorporate all transactions into one system.
The Director-General of NIMC, Barr. Chris Onyemenam, demonstrated the numerous uses of the new ID and thanked the President for his deliberate policy to make the project realizable.
Onyemenam, who maintained that the card had been specifically produced and could not be counterfeited, said it went through a process to ensure that all the various components complied with international standards.