Out of Nigeria’s 200 million citizens, only 57.3 million have been registered by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Director-General of NIMC Aliyu Aziz said this on Monday at a workshop in Abuja to co-create a roadmap for a digital registration system as part of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System (CRVS).
A strong national identity system is crucial to building a viable economy and nation, according to Abdul Aziz.
In accordance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), he called for intensive birth registrations by all in the country by 2030 in order to provide legal identities for everyone.
The registration of births will promote financial inclusion and improve welfare.
“Foundational identity is crucial to National Planning,” he said.
The NIMC boss, who reiterated the importance of birth registrations, affirmed the commitment of the commission to collaborate with the National Population Commission (NPC) in actualizing the legal identification agenda.
National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Statistician-General, Dr Yemi Kale, has commended the National Population Commission (NPC) for transitioning from manual to digital birth registrations.
Abolade Sunarjudeen, who represents Kale, said that reliable population data hinges on a partnership with NPC.
Inspector General of Police Usman Baba described Civil Registrations and Vital Statistics (CRVS) as a roadmap to a developmental plan.
ACP Usman Mogaji, on behalf of Baba, said the exercise was in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 for statistics building.
The Nigerian police welcome the initiative with the assurance they will be active participants in combating crime and gaining access to data in the wake of banditry, kidnapping and terrorism, he said.
The Comptroller General of Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, described the CRVS as a critical component of passport acquisition.
Ms. Bimbola Ojo, Assistant to Babandede. Commissioner of Immigration, who congratulated the Population Commission on their huge success, pledged the support of the NIS.
The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), according to the United Nations is continuous, permanent, compulsory and universal recording by registration of the occurrence.
And the characteristics of vital events pertaining to the population as provided through decrees or regulation in accordance with the requirements of each country. (NAN)