The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced that the electronic national identity cards it was producing are now ready and would soon be rolled out.
The Director Corporate Communications, Mr Anthony Okwudiafor, who confirmed this, said that the Card would be formally launched by President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to him, the launching would be an important development and would usher in the formal and comprehensive identification of Nigerians and legal residents with the e-ID card embedded with the National Identification Number (NIN).
The director however explained that part of the reasons why the launch of the New National e-Identity card was delayed is to allow Nigerians understand and appreciate the difference between the National Identification Number (NIN) and the National ID Cards.
“Part of the reasons why we delayed the roll out of the Cards is because we deliberately meant to separate and distinguish between the National Identification Number (NIN) which is a person’s identity in the strict sense of the Universal Identification Infrastructure and the National ID-Cards which will carry the National Identification Number (NIN).”
Mr. Okwudiafor said while the Commission worked on addressing the cynicism which followed the past National Identity Card projects, research findings showed that there was need to distinguish between the NIN and the New ID Card in the minds of Nigerians.
He also explained that the Commission therefore delayed the Card launch, in order to allow Nigerians know that the unique identifier is not the Card which can always be replaced when it is lost, but the NIN, which would always remain the same, even when the card is lost and replaced are different, but the ID card carries the National Identification Number.