Chioma Eche, Abuja.
The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is to partner with the National Identify Identify Management Commission, NIMC to develop a modern technology-drive for proper identity management in the country.
The Minister for Science and Technology, for State, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi, stated this when he gave a goodwill message at the National Identity Day Organised by the National Identity Management Commission in Abuja, Nigeria.
Barrister Abdullahi said that businesses and commerce, international, domestic travels, security management, health and insurance necessitated the institutions to rise to the challenge of digital identification and management.
He said that this can only be done when the Commission leverages on technology and innovations in a fast-changing world.
Barrister Abdullahi, emphasised that, growing sophistication of terrorist, cyber crimes among others requires proper and effective means of identity management in the country.
“NIMC should move beyond photo and biometric data capture in support of Nigerian Immigration Service and financial institutions- it ought to, and should be a one-step shop in forensic analysis of data and should interface with Nigerian Biotechnology Agency to develop DNA replication and encoding Laboratories to support security Agencies in detection, arrest and prosecution of criminals in the Country,’’ he said.
The Acting Chairman of the National Identity Management Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Bello Gwandu said the choice of the National Identity Day is in recognition of Sustainable Development Goal which calls for legal identity for all Nigerian Citizens including birth registration by 2030.
He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the support and visionary leadership in advancing and improving the identity development project for the country.
The International and National identity day, is a day reserved by the United Nation to support legal identity for all humanity.