The Federal government has announced the change of National identification card to strictly digital card based-version.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, made this known to state house correspondents yesterday, August 13, after he and Dr. Isa Pantami, who is the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, had a meeting with the statehouse and President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr. Ogbennni Rauf Aregbesola, Pantami, and Engineer Aliyu A. Aziz, had before met with President Muhammadu Buhari to submit the reports of the Committee on Citizens Data Management and Harmonisation which was presided over by Aregbesola’s.
During the Briefing of the State House Correspondents after the report submissions, the Interior Minister said the new direction in citizen identification would include individual DNA samples, adding that the card-based would merely be for convenience.
“The card is just for convenience. The real thing is the number you have, with that number you are on the databank, everything about you is there. We are just upgrading it such that your DNA, too, will be there very soon.
Even if you are in a car, I will know if you are the one in the car with your DNA, it’s already captured. You are already captured; you cannot run away anymore,” he explained.
Giving further explanation, Pantami, who is the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said the attention of the program would no longer be cards’ production, but strengthening the digital platform.
“What the chairman is saying now is that we are no more talking about cards, the world has gone digital, so that card is no more. Our priority now is digital ID; it will be attached to your database wherever you are.
So if you can memorize it by heart, wherever you go, that central database domiciled with NIMC will be able to provide the number, and every one of your data will be provided.
Now, our focus is no longer on producing cards; that card is only for the record, but what is essential is that the digital ID and if you notice we have started using the digital ID on the international passport. Once you have the digital ID but not the card, we are 100 percent done with you,” Pantami said.
On his part, the Director-General of NIMC, Engr. Aziz said the production of identification cards is strenuous as well as streaming the nation’s foreign exchange out of the country.
“With your national ID you are already identified, in the US is called social security number, the same with UK and… they can control more than 1.3 billion people in about seven minutes.
“So we have found that this card is strenuous, it is forex that is going out of the country, and we are in the 21st century, and that is why we are focusing on the national identification number, and other identifications by other agencies have been linked to NIMC,” he said