The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has denied reports that the ID agency of government will replace INEC’s voters with the National Identity Card in 2019.
Loveday Chika Ogbonna, Head, Corporate Communications Unit of NIMC said in a statement that the Delta State Co-ordinator of NIMC, to whom the statement was attributed when she paid a courtesy call on a traditional ruler in the state, was “quoted out of context by the reporter.”
According to the national ID managers, the electronic ID Card it issues “has a number of applets built into it, which makes it capable and available for use in up to thirteen use cases and scenarios, but at no time during the advocacy visit by our Delta state team to the royal father did the state coordinator announce that the eID Card will replace the voters card presently issued and used for elections by INEC.”
NIMC further says that “the state coordinator did not grant any press briefing or interviews during the visit, neither was she at the palace to make any announcement concerning any elections. The primary reason for the visit was to seek the support of the royal father in the renewed drive by the new DG of NIMC Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz to increase the number of enrolment for the National Identification Number (NIN) and brief him on the collaboration between NIMC and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to uniquely register and issue NIN to farmers in Delta state under the National Agricultural Payment Initiative (NAPI).”
NIMC says the extent of collaboration between it and INEC does not extend beyond the aggregation of the biometric data of Nigerians as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The NIMC and INEC are both working harmoniously with other data collecting agencies of government towards the aggregation of all citizens’ biometric data in order to achieve a single national database as directed recently by Mr President. That is the extent to which both Commissions of government are in partnership at the moment,” the statement adds.