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Babandede: How Digital Identity ’’ll Boost Access To Services 

By Ajibola Abayomi,

From right: President Muhammad Buhari while receiving the report from Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede MFR has said the implementation the digital identity would serve as an advance identity solution “that is more secured and easier to access by service providers due to its credibility and reliability.

The was contained in a statement issued by the National Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Deputy Comptroller James Sunday.

The Citizens Data Management and Harmonization Report were recently presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Chairman of the Committee, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior.

An elated Babandede said “: It is best international practice to adopt a digital identity, it works like the social security number in US and UK for the harmonisation of Citizens Identity Data domiciled with MDAs, once the individual has the National Identity Number (NIN) issued to them and can remember same you are done, as the card will only be for record purposes only, the future is digital Identification.

NIS was the first government agency to advance towards digitilisation of identity data of citizens when it introduced the integration of NIN as a major requirement among others for acquiring the enhanced e-passports 10 year validity  on the 16th January, 2019   flagged-off by President Buhari.

James added that the e-migrants registration was tailored towards harmonization of the data of all foreign entities resident in Nigeria with the intention of having a robust digital data of all Non-Nigerians in the country.

The E-migrant registration exercise commenced on the 12th July, 2019.

According to him, the NIS would continue to adopt advance technology to ease facilitation of services rendered to the public, considering the fact that the Technology Building at the NIS Headquarters is a Digital Information and data hub that all key digital solution would be deployed to meet the needs of government at all fronts.

The NIS in the statement admonished the public to keep the record of their NIN to ease facilitation of services, while looking forward to the digital identification system stating that when fully implemented, the holder may not need to carry the card provided they remember their digital identity.

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