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NIMC’s Funding Dilemma

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 12 February 2021

The lack of funding for Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has raised fears that it may sell its data to foreign companies

A Nigerian minister has said that the NIMC should be self-reliant and not given funding from the central government, but the department is struggling to offer its services for free and since 2015, has charged fees for plastic national identity cards. In this article, stakeholders point to the danger of opening up the NIMC in order to keep it running:

“NIMC is a federal government agency, and should be well funded by the federal government, except government wants NIMC to rely on foreign donors, which may spell doom for the nation.”

Currently enrollment in the country’s ID scheme is necessary for applying for a passport, opening a bank account, voting, and other services. Additionally, SIM cards which are not linked to a national ID will soon be disconnected.

President, National Association of Telecoms Subscribers (NATCOM), Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, is of the view that government must fund NIMC adequately, if government wants NIMC to perform creditably

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