NIMC seeks N150bn to give Nigerians ID cards

The Kano State Coordinator, National Identity Management Commission, Muhammad Auwalu, on Sunday  said the NIMC  required  N150bn to capture all Nigerians in its database.

According to him, the government only budgeted  N7bn for the commission for the assignment.

Auwalu, who spoke to reporters at the Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education in Kano,  lamented that only 40,000 out of  200 million Nigerians had  so far been captured in the  national database.

He   said  the temporary National Identity Card was  very important, adding that the identity card number was  captured in it.

According to Anwalu,   if the Federal Government gives  the commission more money, it will capture all Nigerians within three years.

He  warned that whoever refused to register for the National Identity Number risked  a  three-month jail term or N100,000 fine. The NIMC chief said  they  would soon   commence the prosecution of defaulters.

He said, “The agency will impose three months’ imprisonment or N100,000 fine on any Nigerian  arrested without being registered.”

He said the main focus of the commission  was  to ensure that every Nigerian  was registered.

Auwalu said, “In accordance with the provisions of Section 27(1)(1) of the Commission Act, the use of the National Identity Number should be mandatory.

“In exercising its power of enforcement and compliance, the commission is empowered by law to demand  evidence of compliance, so as to caution a non-compliant person.

“It also has the power to institute criminal proceedings against a non-compliant person through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation.”

He said  they  had sought  the World Bank’s assistance  to finance the project.

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