Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote's
Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote's

NIMC DG Emphasizes Importance of Accurate Data for Tinubu’s Eight-Point Agenda

The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, Abisoye Coker-Odusote, has said having accurate data is critical in achieving President Bola Tinubu’s eight-point agenda.

She stated this at the commission’s 2024 management retreat in Lagos, recently.

According to Coker-Odusote, NIMC has been working to ensure that every Nigerian has a unique identity number that can be used to access government services and benefits.

President Bola Tinubu’s agenda focuses on key areas, such as security, job creation, infrastructure development, and poverty reduction.

The NIMC DG stressed that having precise data enables the government to make well-informed decisions and take actions that contribute to the achievement of these agenda goals.

Coker-Odusote mentioned that the commission had enrolled over 104 million Nigerians and was actively working to enrol the remaining population.

She noted, “We have an online modification platform portal going on very soon. We are testing it internally at the moment. It is a production right now. It is called a production environment through quality assurance and quality control units. Once that is ready, it will definitely go live in another week.

“The reason we have set this portal up is to ensure that you can go online and do your modification yourself. So, it’s called a self-service locally for you to be able to do what you need to do.

“So, you don’t have to go to the NIMC offices or go anywhere. And we’re very keen on ensuring that there is a pre-enrollment service that will also come up very soon. So, all you do is enrol, pre-enrol online, input all your information, and then just walk in to do your biometric capturing at the centres.

“Give or take, that pre-enrollment should be ready before the end of March,” Coker-Odusote said.

The MINC director-general emphasised the commission’s commitment to ensuring that the President bridges the gap between the government and the citizens and that all citizens benefit from his tenure.

He stated, “Regarding the President’s eight-point agenda, I’m sure that you all are aware of what NIMC does, the issuance of the NIN to all the citizens in this country. But most importantly, is to ensure that we bridge that gap between the government and the people by ensuring that we provide access to services through the issuance of the NIN.”

The DG underscored the importance of utilising the NIN for various government initiatives, emphasising that it played a crucial role in curbing fraud and identity fraud.

The NIN, according to Coker-Odusote, enables effective tracking of payments from end-to-end, ensuring that funds reach the intended beneficiaries and mitigating issues such as ghost payments.

Further, she revealed that a pre-enrolment platform for Debottlenecking the process of obtaining the National Identity Number would soon be unveiled.

She said the pre-enrollment platform will allow people willing to obtain NIN to do it online by inputting their information and walking in to do their biometric capture at the centres near to them.

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