The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, is set to issue identity numbers to as many as 50 million Nigerians every year, in a bid to create a harmonized database of population.
The NIMC director general, Aliyu Aziz, who made the disclosure on Friday in Abuja, added that the agency would soon launch a new digital system by the end of the month.
According to him, the launching would be in collaboration with other government agencies and the private sector.
“We have a thousand data centers across Nigeria, but not enough capacity to capture and provide identification for about 200 million Nigerians and non-Nigerians.
“This is why we are partnering with private sector and government agencies,” Mr Aziz said.
He said the West African nation with a population of roughly 200 million has a fragmented identity system, with at least 13 federal agencies and three state agencies offering ID services.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that even then, only about 38% of Nigerians have any form of identity document.
Recall that the NIMC had secured $433 million from foreign donors including the World Bank and European Union to collect data nationwide and issue identity numbers.