More than 100 million Nigerians need identification – DG NIMC

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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The Director General, National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Abubakar said over 100 million Nigerians have no official identity.

The DG made this known while presenting a paper on the Importance of National Identity to National Building, at the 6th General Assembly of Northern Traditional Rulers Council in Kaduna.

According to him, those with no identity comprised the poorest most vulnerable groups, including women and girls and less educated people amongst others.

He explained that inclusive and trusted identity system can help in empowering individuals and enhance their access to rights, services and formal economy.

Abubakar added that it will also assist in generating reliable and continuous statistics to measure progress, support informed policies and enable the growth of digital economy.

In his presentation on Border Closure, the Comptroller General, Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), explained that the measure had curved smuggling of prohibited items into the Country.

Ali also said it had raised the NCS daily revenue collection from N4 billion before the border closure to N6 billion.

The NCS boss, who was represented by Comptroller Omiye Adesanmi, noted that smuggling of illicit drugs and weapons into the Country had also drastically reduced.

He explained that Nigeria has engaged Customs administrations of neighboring Countries to comply with the ECOWAS protocol on transit of goods and persons, to protect Nigerian economy from the effects of smuggling.

Ali pledged to seek stakeholders support including the media to ensure that the desired objectives of the exercise were fully achieved.

He urged Nigerians to patronise local rice and other goods, to boost the Nation’s economy.