Collect your ID cards, NIMC tells eligible Nigerians

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The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, has advised eligible Nigerians, who enrolled for the national identity number, to collect their Identity Cards (ID) at stipulated centres.

Abdul-Hamid Umar, the General Manager, Corporate Communications of the commission, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday.

According to him, the commission has notified people who enrolled and whose cards were ready by sending text messages.

“Many Nigerians have been enrolled in the national identity data base, though we are far behind the expectation.

“Nigerians, who have received text messages personalised to them, giving information that their ID cards are ready, should come to our centres for collection,’’ he said.

He said that the appropriate centres for the collection of cards had been stipulated in such messages.

Mr. Umar said that there were some Nigerians who had not come for enrolment in the national identity data-base.

He said the commission was committed to ensuring that every eligible Nigerian was enrolled and issued ID card for identification.

In a separate interview,Titilola Ejiofor, an Assistant General Manager and Lagos State Coordinator of the commission, said that the commission had 21 enrolment centres in the state.

According to her, the centres are Lagos State Head office in Ikeja, Lagos State University, Ikeja Army Cantonment, Eti-Osa, Ojo, Somolu, Oshodi, Amunwo-Odofin, Ayobo-Ipaja and Agege Local Government Secretariat.

Others are FIRS Ikoyi, Lekki Phase I, Bonny Camp, Nigeria Air-force Base, Ikeja, Lagos State Polytechnic, Yaba College of Technology and University of Lagos.

Ojo Army Cantonment, NMC Qourra Apapa and Ijele Campus, Lagos Island are also parts of the centres, according to her.

Mrs. Ejiofor, who expressed satisfaction over the turnout of Lagos residents for the exercise, added that a lot of eligible residents had been captured.

“A lot of people have registered in Lagos and in the country as a whole. So many people in Lagos have registered.

“People have been very positive, they come out each day to be enrolled and we have been given ID cards to them.

“We are opening more centres in the state, we are not just going to stop at the current available centres,’’ she said.

According to her, a Nigerian of 16 years old and above can visit any centre with valid means of identification such as Driver’s Licence, International Passpor,t and Voter’s Card.

She said documents such as educational certificate, photo identity from recognised educational institutions, pension’s photo ID and photo credit cards, among others, could also be used for enrolment.

Mrs. Ejiofor, therefore, advised Nigerians to come out in the New Year for enrolment, saying that the registration would be a continuous exercise.


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  • Allayes

    Well, since INEC has failed to provide millions of registered voters with the PVCs needed to vote in the coming elections, they should allow already registered voters without PVC cards, but who have the NIMC ID cards, to vote. It should be as simple as that, if Jega is really sincere. The PVC is nothing more than an identification card – same as the NIMC ID card.

    • Emeraldbartowski

      Since every body has not been able to collect the PVC, it does not really matter what is used for the voting after all PVC or NIMC ID card are all property of Nigeria

  • Chinedu

    I have registered over a year now and till today my national ID card is still not ready.



  • skipperjoe

    Very intelligent submission, enriching and informative in its content but considering the pedigree of the writer, shockingly bereft of the central solution necessary to conquer the corruption he so eloquently described; personal example by the leaders. His glaring failure to address that fundamental aspect of the issue he discussed, watered down the article conspicuously enough to make one safely conclude it is another lip service effort, regrettably.

  • Kunle Jinadu

    Christians are the light of the world. If corruption is destroying a nation, the church must look inwards. Has the salt lost its savour? What is the role of the church in all these? Many Nigerians end up in churches, gets counselled by church leaders, attends prayer meetings, vigils, conferences, retreats and so on. Yet the whole country is getting suffocated by corruption! Hasn’t the salt lost its savour?
    Perhaps we need to look inwards as Christians and ask critical questions that may provide answers. 1. Is the church not becoming too demanding when it comes to giving in our churches? 2. Are we not rating members, branches and leaders by how much they can contribute to the central purse at the expense of spiritual qualities? 3. If churches are engaging in cajoling, intimidating , embarrassing members just to make them give against scriptural pattern and principles, won’t members seek money at all cost to escape from money pressure in the church? 4. Are churches open to their members in financial matters? 5. Can churches make their books open to members? 6. If the nation is reeking with corruption, can we sincerely say that the church is not corrupt? 7. How many churches are having their accounts audited by external and independent auditors? Until the church is open in financial matters too, it cannot influence the nation morally and spiritually! This is my humble submission. Shalom!