By Dipo Olowookere
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has released data from the ongoing Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards registration exercise to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The release is to give a boost to efforts of the Federal Government towards harmonising biometric data capturing by different agencies in the country.
Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, while receiving the Director-General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz, at his office, said that, “I will like to pledge our commitment to this cooperation between the NIMC and the NCC to ensure that we have a secure and reliable database containing biometric information for all Nigerians.
“The data will definitely augur well for the security of the country among other benefits. So, we are committed to do this.
“We recognise the importance of this cooperation and I will like to stress the need to give it all the seriousness it deserves.
“I am happy that there’s a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and also there is Federal Government’s directive which would help in facilitating the data transfer.”
He called for the reinvigorating of the existing inter-agency committee handling the exercise in order to fast track the peace-meal data transfer to NIMC.
Prof Danbatta further said that NCC would ensure that the data transferred to NIMC would be fully backed up to avoid any hitches in the future.
Responding, the NIMC boss expressed delight at the cooperation between the two agencies, adding that the data transfer would also improve the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) exercise of the commission.
He said NIMC would use the data to assign NIM to Nigerians who were captured in the validated data received.
It would be recalled that inter-agency and other stakeholders’ collaboration is a key component of the 8-Point Agenda unveiled in February by NCC.