Unify proposed three new national ID cards, Nigerians urge FG 

“It makes it easier, avoids duplication of identity. It will also be easier to carry. Too many identity cards may be easily stolen or misplaced,”

Unify proposed three new national id cards, nigerians urge fg Some Nigerians have called on the Federal Government to unify its proposed three new national identity cards, slated to launch in May this year.

They made the call on Sunday in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) had recently announced its plans to provide the multipurpose identity cards for about 104 million citizens across the country.

The three new national identity cards include a bank-enabled National ID card, a social intervention card, and an optional ECOWAS National Biometric Identity Card.

A business woman, Mrs Toyosi Olawale, said identity cards should be unified into one card as it was done in developed countries.

“With a social security number and identity system in advanced countries, all information about an individual can be gotten in less than one minute.

“So, government should see how to unify its information and identity systems into one database and card.

“It makes it easier, avoids duplication of identity. It will also be easier to carry. Too many identity cards may be easily stolen or misplaced,” she said.

Mr Abubakar Salami, a lecturer, emphasised the need for government to focus its attention on how to perfect the Bank Verification Number (BVN) and National Identification Number (NIN) before introducing another multipurpose Identity cards.

“These proposed three new national identity cards will create confusion for Nigerians,” Salami said.

Also speaking, Nanko Paul, a student with the University of Abuja, urged the Federal Government not to complicate things for Nigerians, saying that government should rather perfect the existing cards than introducing new ones.

Prof. Adeshina Sodiya, former President, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), also appealed to NIMC to seek experts’ advice before introducing the proposed multipurpose Identity cards for Nigerians.

He said there should be a strategic workshop for critical analysis before the introduction of the multipurpose cards.

He said there was need for NIMC to get it right for betterment of the country.

“Now, we have many existing cards, platforms, resources for financial transactions. How will the new cards be able to compete with them.

“We were also told that the new NIN cards will also be used for social investment programmes. How would vulnerable Nigerians be able to handle and manage it? The issue of privacy also comes in, these questions need to be addressed” Sodiya said.

He said the success of NIN cards would largely depend on how relevant organisations work together, adding that the e-Naira introduced was not really acceptance.

BRANDPOWER recalls that Ayodele Babalola, the Technical Adviser on Media and Communications to the NIMC Director-General, revealed that the proposed three new cards aimed at addressing various needs of the Nigerian populace.

“The new IDs are a collaborative effort between NIMC, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS), aimed to foster service delivery in a cost-effective and competitive manner,” he said.