Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
To ensure more eligible persons in Abuja are captured in the ongoing registration for National Identity Number by National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the FCT Administration has taken awareness campaign to stakeholders in rural communities across the Area Councils of the Territory.
Our correspondent reports that the FCTA in conjunction with NIMC and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) during the public awareness exercise educated people about the immense benefits of having the National Identity Number (NIM).
Addressing the people while flagging off the campaign recently in Abaji, Acting Director, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development in FCTA, Alhaji Jubrin Shaba, said it is targeted at enlightening FCT residents in the grassroots on the need to actively get involved in the process.
Shaba therefore encouraged people to ensure they get registered along with other members of their households, including children.
Also speaking to the people at the Palace of the Ona of Abaji, a Staff of NIMC, Mrs Jemila Ahmad Muhammad explained in Hausa language to the locals who gathered, the process of registration, it’s importance to pilgrimage, voting, hospital visits, etc.
She noted that the fact that it is important for every Nigerian to take part in the exercise as a time is coming when it will be compulsory to have your NIM.
According to her, children are registered but will not be given the card until they are sixteen years old.
According to her, “ Even if you misplaced your card, your National Identity number does not change. It remains the same, but you will have to pay a token amount of money to have it replaced. Remember that the first one is issued free of charge,” she stressed.
On his part, the Ona Of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa urged residents of Abaji to ensure that they are captured in the exercise, so that they can be recognised as citizens of Nigeria.
He however appealed to the Imams and Pastors to educate their congregation on why they should actively participate in the ongoing exercise.
He further appealed to NIMC to employ indigenous youths in Community awareness programs as they will be better equipped to educate people in their various Communities.
According to the Royal Father, “ For FCT to be number one in Nigeria, being the center of Unity, we have to be organised”.
Similarly, at the Palace of the Sa- Rubochi of Rubochi Chiefdom in Kuje, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Pada, who said he will never allow his people to be left behind, urged his subjects not to shy away from the ongoing exercise.
Also, during the advocacy visit to the Gwargwada, where the Agabe, Hussaini Agabi Mam received the team, the NIMC FCT Coordinator, Mr Kehinde Aigbokhai reiterated that the aim of the exercise is to educate residents on the need to key into the ongoing exercise.
Aigbokhai disclosed that a lot of people have been captured in the metropolis, hence the need to go into rural communities at this time.
The Coordinator said since January 2018, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) have inculcated NIM as a requirement for their services, but said their is no time frame for now until every Nigerian is captured.
In Gwagwalada, the Vice Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Mohammed Kasim said it was high time Nigeria achieved the registration of every citizen, and calling for collaboration with the area councils, in order to achieve the objective.
Kasim pledged the support of Gwagwalada Area Council, as it is important to work in conjunction with the area councils because they conversant with the local terrain.
PeoplesDaily reports that the Committee also visited the Aguma of Gwagwalada, where they were received by Hakimi Chikin Gari, Mohammed Lakayi and the Agora of Zuba, Alhaji Muhammad Bello Umar, who equally identified with the exercise.