Share on linkedin Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email 156 INTRODUCTION The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) was established by Act No. 23 of 2007 primarily to foster the orderly development of an identity sector in Nigeria through the development of a modern and universally acceptable identity management infrastructure in Nigeria. The Act empowers NIMC to establish, manage, regulate and enforce an effective and secure Identity Assurance System that would facilitate the harmonization and integration of identity databases in government agencies, ensure sustainability, reliability and acceptance across diverse points and contexts and application of the verification and authentication services within and outside the country. |
The Commission’s mandate can be categorized into four (4) major action tracks, namely: 1. Establish the National Identity Management Commission as the primary legal, regulatory and institutional mechanism for implementing Government’s reform initiative (in the identity sector) as contained in the National Policy and NIMC Act, Sections 1, 2, 5 and 6. 2. Wind up and take over the assets and liabilities of the former DNCR which no longer exist, including the personnel in both the State and Local Government Offices nationwide; 3. Establish, operate and manage the National Identity Management System (NIMS): a. Carry out the enrolment of citizens and legal residents as provided for in the Act; b. Create and operate a National Identity Database; c. Issue Unique National Identification Numbers to qualified citizens and legal residents; d. Issue a National Identity Smart Card to every registered person 16 years and above; e. Provide a secure means to access the National Identity Database so that an individual can irrefutably assert his/her identity [Person Identification Verification Services (PIVS) Infrastructure]; f. Harmonize and integrate Identity Databases in Government Agencies to achieve resource optimization through shared services platform; g. Collaborate with private sector and/or public sector institutions to deliver on the NIMS; and h. Register births and deaths through specific collaboration with the National Population Commission. 4. Foster the orderly development of an identity sector in Nigeria.Section 2 of the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007 provides for an eighteen (18) member Governing Board as the highest-decision making body in the Commission. The Board, which membership other than the Director General/Chief Executive Officer shall be part-time, comprises of a Chairman, a representative each from fourteen (14) government agencies and institutions, three (3) persons who are knowledgeable in Information Communication Technology and the Director General / Chief Executive Officer. This shall consist of: 1. A part-time Chairman 2. Director General / Chief Executive Officer 3. A representative of the Independent National Electoral Commission 4. A representative of the National Health Insurance Scheme 5. A representative of the Federal Road Safety Commission 6. A representative of the Federal Inland Revenue Service 7. A representative of the National Pension Commission 8. A representative of the Nigeria Police Force 9. A representative of the Nigeria Immigration Service 10. A representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser 11. A representative of the National Population Commission 12. A representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria 13. Chief of the Defence Staff 14. A representative of the Corporate Affairs Commission 15. Three Persons who are knowledgeable in Information Communication Technology or Identity Management to represent the public.The Commission is organized into six (6) departments headed by Directors with other skilled employees in various fields as follows:1. Director General/CEO's Office;2. Information Technology / Identity Database...