By Nelson Ushafa
The government of Plateau State has revealed that it has secured a licence to enrol residents of the state for the National Identification Number (NIN).
In a statement released by the Director of Press & Public Affairs to the governor, Makut Simon Macham, the approval was conveyed to governor Lalong on Saturday, by the Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz, on behalf of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.
In his remark, the governor said this became necessary due to the challenges faced by the people of the state in obtaining the NIN, especially, as there are few centres currently available in the State, saying securing the licence will ensure that all its citizens are captured into the national identity database.
In his words, “now that Plateau State has been granted the licence to provide data capture and enrolment services for the issuance of the National Identity Number, we are going to ensure that we create centres in all the 17 Local Government Areas and other strategic towns in order to ensure seamless, quick and efficient enrollment of all our citizens and other Nigerians residing in the State”.
The governor said he has directed the Commissioner for Science and Technology to immediately work with the Plateau State Information & Communication Technology Development Agency (PICTDA) to further liaise with NIMC towards finalizing arrangements and acquiring the necessary equipment for the successful implementation of the programme.
In the meantime, the governor has appealed to the citizens of Plateau State to exercise more patience as the government is putting facilities on ground for the commencement of the enrollment services throughout the state.
The statement added further that the licence is for one year and is subject to renewal upon satisfactory performance during the period.