BY AGENCY REPORT
No fewer than 57.3 million Nigerians have been registered for National Identification Number by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Mr Aliyu Aziz, the Director-General, NIMC, said this at a workshop to co-create a Roadmap for a digital registration system as part of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System (CRVS) in Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.
Aziz said that a strong national identity system was vital to building a viable economy and nation.
“Birth registration will engender financial inclusion and improvement of welfare.
“Foundational identity is very important for National Planning,” he said.
Dr Yemi Kale, the Statistician-General, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), lauded National Population Commission (NPC) for its effort in transiting the country from manual to digital birth registrations.
Kale, represented by Mr Abolade Sunarjudeen, said that a partnership with the population commission was key to reliable population data.
Mr Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police, described Civil Registrations and Vital Statistics (CRVS) as a roadmap to the developmental plan initiative.
The IG-P, who decried the citizens’ nonchalance to issues of birth registrations, said it was capable of impeding national development.
He, however, assured of the Nigerian Police’s commitment to the fight against crime using available data from birth registration.
Mr Muhammed Babandede, the Comptroller General of Immigration Service (NIS), described CRVS as a critical component in the acquisition of passports.
Babandede, represented by Mrs Bimbola Ojo, Asst. Comptroller of Immigration, who commended the National Population Commission for such a giant leap, pledged the support of the NIS.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), according to the United Nations is a 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.