The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says that it requires N150 billion to enrol every Nigerian on the identity card programme in the next three years.
NIMC Director-General, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar, stated this in Kano on Sunday.
Abubakar said that the commission would need N50 billion annually for the next three years to be able to enrol every Nigeria on the identity project.
He said that no fewer than 170 million people were estimated to be registered for the national identity in the country in the next three years.
According to him, “we have so far enrolled 31million persons and we will continue to partner with relevant stakeholders so as to enrol everybody in the country in the projected period.”
The DG said that NIMC had also been planning and working with international partners to planned, adding that the commission and other agencies involved in biometric assembly had resolved to work together for the success of their respective assignments.
“Lack of cooperation among different agencies capturing data is one of our challenges, but that has been resolved as we have now agreed to work together,” Abubakar said.
He said that the commission would partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to enlighten Migerians, especially at the grassroots, on the need for them to come out en masse and be enrolled.
He stated that the commission had no fewer than 900 registration centres across the country and urged the people to visit the centres to enrol.