Source: Biometric Update
The World Bank is pouring $433 million (N1.5 trillion) in support into the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) of Nigeria’s National Identity Number (NIN) program, to enable the agency to register close to 100 million Nigerians over the next three years, Leadership reports.
According to Leadership, the funding comes as part of the World Bank’s support, along with that of the Agence Française de Dévelopement (AFD) and the European Union (EU), for Nigeria’s Digital Identity Ecosystem. NIMC’s strategic roadmap for Nigeria’s Digital Identity Ecosystem was approved by the country’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) a year ago. The framework sets out the enrollment of Nigerians in the National Identity Database and the issuance of NIN as a digital identity credential through government agency and private sector collaboration.
The project now seeks to scale up enrolment and extended it across the country, reduce the cost of data collection and increase the speed of delivery, according to the report.
The World Bank approved the business model developed by NIMC for allowing different agencies and private sector organizations to register Nigerians, and the FEC has approved NIMC’s negotiation with the World Bank on the project’s implementation.