The FEC meeting which was presided over by the Nigerian President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, with Vice President Namadi Sambo, said the project entails the development of a comprehensive, biometric database for all Nigerian adults.
The meeting also approved the pulling together of all planning professionals and the establishment of Planning and policy analysis cadre for all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to meet up with the current expectations of the present government for effective projects execution, evaluation and monitoring, as well as analysis.
The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, who briefed State House Correspondents, at the end of the meeting which lasted for about eight hours disclosed that the e-national identity would assist Nigeria tackle some security issues as well as solve so many statistics challenges in various sectors of the economy.He disclosed that “the unified identity Management System, NIMS, for Nigeria was today approved by the Federal Executive Council for implementation”.
The new integrated data system which will capture all Nigerians from the ages of 18 and above will bring down the cost of data processing and storage by different agencies in the country.
The project which is to be managed by the National Identity Management Commission, is to be executed in conjunction with different agencies of government which presently keep their own separate identity data.Such agencies, the Minister said, “include INEC, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, National communication Commission NCC amongst others with the new integrated system, all existing data will be networked