National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Visits Covenant University
A team of officials from the National Identity Management Commission, on Friday, June 6, 2014, paid a courtesy call, on the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University to thank the Management for granting the Commission the use of the University’s premises as one of the centres for the ongoing National Identity Card registration exercise.
While making his remarks at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, expressed excitement at the prospects of having a viable ICT driven initiative on identity capturing in Nigeria that finally works.
The Vice Chancellor in his statement, applauded the initiative, and explained that the insecurity issues in the nation can considerably be reduced through identity capturing. He stated further that one of the benefits of identity capturing is the ability to have individual accountability of the population of a country through accurate data availability.
Furthermore, he said, “The beauty of democracy is cordial relationship and interaction from the grassroots, and if we have identity management as we have stated, then the data base would contain the identities of individuals within the states in the country thereby making it easy to keep track of the population. But if we don’t know how many people we have in Nigeria, and what their statistics are, how do we make adequate socio-economic plans?”
Professor Ayo assured the NIMC officials of all necessary support from the Management to make the identity capturing exercise in Covenant University a huge success.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Registrar of Covenant University, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, appreciated the efforts of the NIMC officials since the registration exercise began and assured them that their presence on CU grounds is for the mutual benefit of both institutions.
Also speaking during the visit, the team leader of the NIMC officials, Mr. Mark Lukeman, thanked the Management for partnering with the NIMC, and for the level of support they have received so far from Covenant University. He stated that their mission and goal towards the exercise is not about identity card, but rather, about identity management, and that the pattern of enrolment, is clearly different from the previous exercise.
He noted that the identity card issued to the Nigerian citizens on this platform, has more security features than that of the United States of America’s Social Security System. According to him, the American Social Security card has 12 security features, while the Nigerian Identity card has 19 security features.
Present at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Aaron Atayero, Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, and Director, Financial Services, Pastor Deji Okubanjo.