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NIMC workers want paramilitary salary structure, threaten shutdown Dec. 31

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Workers of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), have threatened to shutdown the outfit if management failed to address poor working conditions they were contending with.

for further discussion, but if nothing positive comes up, nobody should blame us for any action taken. We will not give any further notice before we shut down the commission.”

Reacting, Mr Abdulhamid Umar, NIMC’s General Manager, Operations, said that all issues raised by workers were addressed before the ultimatum elapsed.

“There are issues raised, but 99 per cent of them were outside the purview of the commission’s management, because they were directed at the government.

“But, because we were delegated by government to manage the commission for the public, we cannot run away from the impact of the issues raised. They were germane and still germane, but no longer on the front burner.

“On the allowances, government has directed us to collate them. If you go to the Accountant General’s Office, you will see our requisition there. Discussions took place at the highest level. Those matters have been tabled before government,” he said.

Edited by: Ephraims Sheyin

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COVID19: NIMC suspends enrollment nationwide

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has suspended its enrollment across the country to prevent spread of COVID-19.

NIMC Head of Corporate Communication, Mr Kayode Adegoke, said this on Tuesday in a statement in Abuja. 

Adegoke said  the suspension became necessary to promote physical distancing and prevent the spread of coronavirus among the people. 

” This is in line with the recent directive by the Federal Government that all officers on Grade Level 12 and below should stay  at home.

”NIMC wishes to inform the general public that enrollment and other ancillary services across the federation are hereby suspended effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 till further notice.

“This decision was reached following rising cases of infected persons in the country as stated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

” The decision was also informed by NIMC’s desire to ensure safety of all Nigerians coming for enrollment as well as that of its staff,” he said.

Adegoke said the decision was aimed at curtailing the rampaging coronavirus by encouraging strict adherence to social distancing and observance of necessary precaution.

” NIMC, like all well-meaning agencies of federal government, considers the health of Nigerians to be of paramount concern. 

” It is therefore, our hope that together, we would tackle the COVID-19 pandemic so that life can return to normalcy, and we can resume enrollment, ” he said.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ali Baba-Inuwa
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NIMC shuts down enrolment centres in Lagos, Katsina, 3 others

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The National Identity Management Commission has ordered the immediate shutdown of

enrolment centres

in Lagos, Katsina, Ekiti, Ogun and Anambra states as part of preventive measures against the spread of Coronavirus.

The announcement was contained in a statement issued by the head of Corporate Communications of NIMC Mr Kayode Adegoke on Friday in Abuja.

” As part of the measures to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, the NIMC  has ordered the immediate shutdown of all its enrollment centers in Lagos, Katsina, Ekiti, Ogun and Anambra s

tates,” he said.

Adegoke said, the decision became necessary to protect  staff and applicants from  the Coronavirus. 

”The move becomes necessary to prevent our Staff and applicants from getting more vulnerable to the pandemic.

” Consequently, all enrolment activities, card collection and other identity related activities are hereby suspended in the aforementioned states till further notice.

” The closure is not intended to create panic but to arrest the spread of the disease, which has become a global threat,” he said. 

He said, the commission however regretted any inconvenience caused as a result of their decision. 

”We hereby regret any inconvenience the closure may  cause as our paramount concern as  responsible and responsive commission is the safety of all,” he said .

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
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NIMC suspends staff over alleged gratification, abuse of office

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has suspended a staff, Mrs Jamila Muhammad, over alleged gratification and abuse of office.

 

NIMC General Manager, Operations and Corporate Communications, Mr Abdulhamid Umar said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

Umar said the affected staff was being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over allegations of gratification and abuse of office.

 

Umar said that the allegations include running a private company while in the employment of Federal Government.

 

” Pursuant to the public service rules, the commission has placed Mrs Jamila Muhammad on immediate suspension pending the final determination of the matter in the law court.

 

” Mrs Muhammad is being prosecuted over allegations of gratification and abuse of office by running a private company while in the employment of Federal Government of Nigeria,” he said.

 

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ekemini Ladejobi
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NIMC enrolls 868,000 people, distributes 15, 523 cards in Bauchi

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adding that the exercise was currently ongoing in 15 of the 20 local government areas of the state.

He said that enrollment exercise would soon commenced in the remaining five local government councils, and listed the areas to include Bogoro; Gamawa, Warji, Itas Gadau and Zaki.

The Coordinator added that the Commission had designated enrollment centers in the affected areas and sensitised communities to mobilise participation in the exercise.

Abdulmumini said the Commission has so far distributed 15, 523 of the 24, 537 ID Cards collected, while 7, 771 cards were unclaimed within the period under review.

“We returned 59 cards to the headquarters due to some detected irregularities.” he said.

He urged deserving residents of the state to properly enroll in the scheme, describing the card as a valid means of identification in both public and private transactions.

According to him, the card expires after five years from the day of production, adding that the most important aspect of the exercise is the national identification number slip, which does not change.

NAN reports that hundreds of people were trooping to the designated enrollment centres to be enroll in the National Identification Cards exercise.

Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali

 

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Reps to investigate NIMC over identification number 

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The House of Representatives has directed its Committee on Population to investigate the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) over the registration of Nigerians for the National Identity Number (NIN).

The decision followed a motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by Rep. Ben Igbakpa (PDP-Delta) during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday. 

The Federal Government reportedly made NIN, the national identity card, as a requirement for all financial and institutional dealings in the country with  millions of Nigerians yet to get it.

The motion is tagged “The Need for the PTDF to Suspend the National Identity Number as a Precondition for Scholarships, and Related Matters”. 

Presenting the motion, Igbakpa said that the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) had announced that applicants for its 2020 scholarship for Masters and PHD degrees, must have a NIN and verify before applying for the scholarship.  

The lawmaker alleged that the registration process of  NIMC was “laborious and slow nationwide” and attributed it to inadequate facilities and manpower. 

“The Director-General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Azeez, recently admitted in a national daily that they are overwhelmed with work because, whereas they need about 4,000 centres nationwide, they make do with only 1,000 centres at the moment.”

Igbakpa called for the suspension of the NIN as a requirement for prospective applicants for the 2020 PTDF scholarship. 

The lawmaker said that PTDF making NIN a prerequisite for its scholarship was undermining efforts at developing the nation’s human capital development. 

“The motion is about trying to save our manpower; NIN, as a prerequisite for PTDF scholarship should not be supported and I urged the house to use other (officially) recognised means of identification.”

He also called on other government agencies to suspend requirement of the NIN in any registration or application and urged that the PTDF provide at least one year moratorium for applicants who have not obtained the NIN to do so.

Also speaking, the Deputy Chief Whip, Rep. Nkiruka Ihejiocha called on the house to investigate NIMC over reasons why just few Nigerians had got the NIN cards.

“We have to go beyond suspending the use of NIN because the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) recently also had to suspend the requirement of NIN for registration of exams. 

“We need to investigate why the delay in people not getting the NIN.”

Rep. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (PDP-Abia) urged the committee to interface with the agency and “not suspend the requirement of NIN”.

The Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu added that “someone is not doing their job and we have to investigate why it is difficult for Nigerians to register”.

“The committee should investigate why it is impossible for Nigerians to be registered and report back to the house in two weeks.”

Okechukwu suggested that NIMC come up with a change in the mode of registration and take the facilities also to schools to capture students.

Rep. Ademorin Kuye (APC-Lagos), however, said that the PTDF and other government agencies should not suspend the requirement of NIN as a prerequisite for registration.

“Getting a scholarship is a privilege and if a person wants to enjoy that privilege, get the required means of identification.

“When JAMB suspended the requirement of NIN for the conduct of its examinations, registration at NIMC office stopped. All agencies must demand the NIN or else we will not move forward.”

The house, however, called on the Federal Government to put an integrated system for data collection in place for agencies responsible for data collection. 

It said that the Local Government Indigenous Certificate be used in place of NIN and also mandated the Committee on Population to investigate the non-access of the identification number by Nigerians. 

The lawmakers also urged the Federal  Government to properly fund and equip NIMC for speedy and efficient nationwide delivery.

 

 

Edited By: Ese E. Ekama

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NIMC takes NIN enrollment to 195 post-basic schools in Jigawa — Coordinator

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Jigawa office, said it had concluded arrangements to take the National Identity Number (NIN) enrollment to 195 post-basic schools in the state.

The state NIMC Coordinator, Alhaji Aminu Jakada, told the Nigeria News Agency in Dutse on Tuesday that the exercise was scheduled to commence on Jan. 20.

Jakada said that the exercise would be conducted in collaboration with the Jigawa State Ministry of Education.

He said that the gesture was to enable the commission enroll all post-basic students in the state into the National Identity Database for their NIN.

The coordinator noted that the gesture was to ensure students have their NIN ready before their time to write the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board Examination (JAMB).

“Even though the JAMB has recently suspended its decision for 2020, all UTME candidates must have a NIN, we will continue to enroll students before the use of the NIN is fully enforced by the board.

“So for this reason, the NIMC in collaboration with the Jigawa State Ministry of Education has concluded planned to enroll all students in 195 post-basic schools across the state.

“So students and teachers should be aware that the exercise will commence on Jan. 20.

“Also, parents should be aware of this and take it serious by ensuring that they cooperate with NIMC officials for successful conduct of the exercise,” the coordinator advised.

According to him, the decision by the commission to conduct the exercise in schools is to ease transportation difficulties for students as well as get the targeted number to be enrolled.

“We are taking the enrollment exercise to the schools for smooth and successful registration of the students.

“The gesture will also enable the students enroll without having to travel to local government headquarters or our state office.

“The overall objective of the exercise is to enroll the students before the mandatory use of NIN is enforced,” he added.

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NIMC registers 223,000 Nigerians in Jigawa

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The National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) says it enrolled about 223,000 Nigerians into the National Identity Database in Jigawa in 2019.

Alhaji Aminu Jakada, the state NIMC Coordinator, made this known during an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Dutse on Tuesday.

Jakada said the people were registered in the NIMC’s 40 enrollment centres across the state

The coordinator called on those who were yet to enroll to do so before the mandatory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) was enforced.

According to him, the enrollment was done in collaboration with State Government, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and other stakeholders.

“We’re collaborating with the state government, NOA, CBOs and traditional institutions in areas of sensitisation and mobilisation of the people.

“NIMC also appreciates the efforts of the committee set up by the state to enlighten residents on the need to register and obtain their National Identification Number (NIN).

“The committee set up to mobilise people is very important because before the committee, turnout of people for registration was very poor.

“Therefore, we shall continue to leverage on our collaboration with state government, CBOs and other stakeholders to improve on our registration.

“So, those who are to register should endeavor to visit any of our centres close to their localities and enroll for their NIN.

“And we’re using this opportunity to thank government and all those to assisted us to achieve this in one way or the other,” Jakada said.

NAN recalls that the state government had in 2018 inaugurated a committee to mobilise residents to participate in the national identity registration.

Edited by: Folorunso Poroye/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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2020 UTME: Applicants besiege NIMC Enrolment Centre to beat JAMB deadline

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Prospective applicants for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), have besieged the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), headquarters Enrolment Centre, Abuja, to enable them obtain the National Identification Number (NIN).

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the NIN is a requirement by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), for those intending to sit for the UTME.

Other requirements are; Birth Certificate, Primary School Leaving Certificate, and guardians or parents’ NIN for those below the age of 16 years.

The applicants, who trooped into the centre in their hundreds, were accompanied by their teachers and were being assisted by personnel of NIMC to meet up with the Feb. 17 deadline set by JAMB for close of registration.

A Correspondent of NAN who visited the NIMC Headquarters on Thursday, observed that enrolment of the applicants was done without any delays.

Some of the applicants, who spoke to NAN, expressed gratitude to the commission for giving them priority at a time they needed its services the most.

One of the applicants, Mr Adoja Samuel, said, the enrolment was fast and effective.

Samuel therefore urged the commission to sustain the tempo.

Miss Dan-Amor Favour, however, described the process as `tedious’, because the machine did not immediately capture her fingerprints.

Mr Ezekiel Caleb, on his part, expressed appreciation to NIMC for dedicating its time to the UTME applicants.

“This decision saved many of us from going through a lot of stress being experienced by others to obtain their NIN,’’ Caleb said.

NAN recalls that JAMB had on Dec. 23, 2019, announced that the UTME had been scheduled to take place between March 14 and April 4.

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, also said registration for its mock examination would hold between Jan. 13 and Feb. 1, while the examination would take place on Feb. 18.

Edited by: Cecilia Odey/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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Prospective UTME candidates storm NIMC Lagos office

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Prospective candidates for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have stormed the Lagos offfice of National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC) to register for their National Identification Number (NIN).

The students who trooped out in their large numbers were seen as early as 7am today both in and outside the Lagos State Enrolment Centres of NIMC office at 1b Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa Ikeja.

This is coming after the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) called on all prospective candidates for its 2020 UTME to acquire the NIN to ensure the biometric and other necessary details of a candidate were captured, to check examination malpractice.

The Acting-Director-General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Hadiza Dagabana, further explained that making NIN a criterion for all examinations in the country would help to stop impersonation and other forms of malpractices.

She informed that registration for NIN had already started at the Primary School level of education across the country.

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