Nigeria’s NIN Enrolment Almost 90 Million, Says NIMC
Almost 90 million people have registered for the National Identification Number (NIN), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said.
NIMC Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Aliyu Aziz, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at an event to commemorate the fourth National Identity Day with the theme ‘Traditional Institution as Critical Stakeholders for Citizens Mobilisation’.
“Without sounding immodest, NIMC has made great strides on so many fronts in the last three years,” he said. “From just over 1,000 enrolment centres and 2,000 enrolment devices across the country, NIMC in partnership with its licensed enrolment partners now has over 15,000 enrolment centres and over 29,000 enrolment devices deployed nationwide.
“This is one of the reasons enrolments have increased tremendously with over 89 million NINs generated successfully. On the international level, NIMC today has diaspora enrolment centres in over 40 countries, with more centres and countries scheduled to be added in the coming months.”
With the development, Aziz explained, Nigerians in the diaspora would have the opportunity to enrol and have their national identity even while outside the shores of the country.
According to him, the more the government knows the accurate number of its population and the right demographics, the better it is placed to plan well for infrastructure, social welfare, and economic development.
The NIMC chief believes this underscores the importance of identity, and directly links to the importance of the commemoration of the Nigerian National Identity Day.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the support he has granted to the commission throughout the lifespan of his administration.
“The support of Mr President to NIMC goes to show the importance he places on digital identity,” he said.
“He may not be physically here with us today on this occasion of the fourth edition of Nigeria’s commemoration of Identity Day, but it was the approval Mr President gave in 2019 for every 16th September to be officially marked as Identity Day in Nigeria that provided the platform for today’s ceremony.”
Aziz also thanked the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, whom he said has been at the forefront of spearheading the commission’s programmes.
With the transfer of NIMC to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, he said the commission’s fortunes have grown even better and stronger.
Frank Nweke Jr. Casts Vote, Addresses Reports Of Violence By PDP In Enugu
Frank Nweke Jr has cast his vote in Ozalla and addressed newsmen immediately after, citing reports of violence and voter intimidation by the People’s Democratic Party in many parts of Enugu State.
He also revealed that an APGA House of Assembly candidate was attacked and almost killed this morning in Udenu and the five polling units cordoned off by men in security outfits.
Enugu2023: APC Collapses Structure For APGA, Burns Brooms And Party Artefacts
Members of the All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem, Nsukka Local Government Area, have collapsed their structure, vowing to redirect their energy into ensuring the victory of Frank Nweke Jr as the next Governor of Enugu State.
Addressing the community at Afor Ozzi market, the former ward chairman of now defunct All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem ward, Hon. Mathew Enete said that their decision was based on the premises that APGA is their own party. They vowed to prove this at the polls on March 11.
The declaration was followed by the burning of brooms and other party artefacts.
In his address, Nweke thanked the Edem people for the warm welcome they accorded him and for aligning with APGA’s core philosophy of shared prosperity – being one’s brothers and sister’s keeper where nobody is left behind.
Nweke assured the people of his commitment to rehabilitate the major road that led to the Edem community, which has remained in terrible condition for decades.
He vowed to ensure that all outstanding pensions are paid and further guarantee the timely and regular payment of pensions and gratuities to retirees.
Nweke therefore urged the people to vote massively for him and other APGA candidates for the State House of Assembly on March 11, so that with his emergence as Governor, he will fulfil his promises to the good people of Enugu State.
He concluded by welcoming the former members of the All Progressives Congress to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, stating that he was confident that God would grant their request for good leadership.
Protest In Enugu Over Murder Of LP Senatorial Candidate, Oyibo Chukwu
A group of concerned indigenes of Enugu State under the aegis of Citizen Against Violence, at the weekend staged a peaceful protest on the streets of Enugu metropolis, demanding justice for the late 2023 Labour Party candidate for the Enugu East senatorial zone, Barr Oyibo Chukwu.
He was recently killed alongside five others and burnt by yet to be identified gunmen.
The protesters, who were clad in black and black attires, were led by kinsmen of the slain Labour Party chieftain who hailed from Amuri in Nkanu West local government area of Enugu State.
Leader of the group and immediate past Enugu State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Ben Nwoye called for an end to political killings in the state.
Nwoye said what they were demanding was nothing but “Justice for Barr Chukwu who was brutally murdered on February 22 on his way back from campaign.”
He said the Amuri people have lost a rare gem who had contributed meaningfully to the development of the area and called for an investigation into his murder and the perpetrators brought to book.
It would be recalled that since the incident occurred, there had been series of protests across the state including the one staged by lawyers.
The protesters carrying placards with inscriptions such as “we demand for Justice for Oyibo Chukwu”, “What has our brother done to be murdered like a goat” urged the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the evil act.
Before taking to the streets, they had stormed the premises of the State High Court and the Court of Appeal where they equally registered their displeasure of the killing.
Some of the protesters who spoke with our correspondent decried the gruesome killing of the former chairman of NBA, Oji River branch who came out to represent his constituents under Labour Party but was allegedly murdered.
Another protester who gave his name as Mr Kenneth Egbo, said “today it is Oyibo Chukwu, tomorrow who knows who will be the next?”
He emphasised that politics was never a do or die game, advising the constituents to be careful of the people they vote into power during the March 11 elections.