The Federal Government is to take a major decision on the harmonisation of citizens data captured by different agencies for the identification of Nigerians.
This follows the submission of the report of the Committee on Citizen Data Management and Harmonisation to
President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Thursday.
The Committee chaired by the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola recommends that ”the harmonisation of all existing identity data held by agencies with NIN should be completed by 30th June, 2021″. These include the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Federal Inland Revenue Service, (FIRS) and the Bank Verification Number (BVN) by banks on the directives of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) among others.
In a tweet by the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, the harmonisation includes that of “INEC’s data by 31st Dec., 2021”. This is the data of registered voters.
The Committee has also recommended the establishment of National Criminal Information Management that will be fashioned after the Interpol model. It also wants Nigeria to set up the National Criminal DNA Laboratory that will aid in criminal investigation and the administration of criminal justice including the sharing of relevant information with the international intelligence community.
The Committee on Citizen Data Management and Harmonisation was set up by President Buhari in February this year after the United States suspended issuance of immigrant visas to holders of the Nigerian passport following concerns over the security of the country’s identification system.
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