National ID card mandatory from Jan 2019 FG

The enforcement of the mandatory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) by all Nigerians might come into full implementation fromJanuary 1, 2019.
This follows the federal executive council’s approval of the immediate implementation of a strategic roadmap for “digital identity ecosystem” in Nigeria.
The digital identity ecosystem is a framework that leverages on the existing capabilities and infrastructure of distinct government agencies and private sector organisations to carry out enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the national identity database.
The framework will also allow issuance of digital identity, known as the National Identification Number (NIN) to all Nigerians to give the country a credible and robust identity management system.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said the approval of the identity ecosystem by FEC would permit the full implementation of the provisions of the NIMC Act 23, 2007.
The provisions of the Act include the enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN by January 1, 2019, and the application of appropriate sanctions and penalties on defaulters as provided under Section 28 ofthe NIMC Act and Regulations.
Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, said the approval of the strategic roadmap An undergraduate, Miss Tolulope Ogunyemi (right), presenting Mathematics text books to students of Ajaara Community High School, as part of her effort to encourage students’ interest in Mathematics, in Ibadan yesterday, while the Permanent Secretary, Oyo state Ministry of Education, Mrs.
Iyabo Fatoki (left) and Principal, Ajara Community High School, Ibadan, Mrs.
Adebola Adeleye watch Photo: Timothy Adeogodiran/ICE/NAN Two Nigerian brothers based in South Africa on Tuesday were jailed by a Gauteng judge in Pretoria for human trafficking.
According to IOL, a South African newspaper, the convicts, who ran a brothel in Arcadia, Pretoria, are Obioma Benjamin Abba, 32, sentenced to 12 years and Chinedu Justine Obasi, 38, sentenced to 18 years.
Judge Tolmay admitted that a life sentence was mandatory in such cases”if there were no mitigating factors”.
However, the judge said the duo were first time offenders.
Also, he said the brothers had spent more than two years in jail, awaiting trial.
Similarly, the judge explained that, although two women who worked as prostitutes for the brothers were exposed to a lot of trauma, they were already in the sex trade and hooked on drugs when they were recruited.
The judge, on the other hand, said the brothers kept the women captive in the flat in Arcadia, from where they had to work as prostitutes.
Two prostitutes earlier told the court of their harrowing life on the streets, while their pimps (convicts) ”kept them hooked on drugs”.
for the identity ecosystem for Nigeria was in line with the federal government’s efforts to reposition the country’s status in the global economy.
Aziz said the implementation of the roadmap will gradually move the country towards achieving the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) launched in April 2017.
He noted that the ERGP was designed “as an omnibus strategy for the government to meet the critical needs of the citizenry in areas such as food security, energy, transport, human capital development, but more critically developing a local digital economy.” The NIMC DG thanked the president, Muhammadu Buhari, and the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, as well as members of the FEC, National Assembly, World Bank, French development agency – AFD, the European Union/EIB and members of the Harmonisation Committee for the achievement

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