Speaking at the occasion of inauguration of the National Identity card project, the President expressed displeasure at the proliferation of data capturing activities by private and public institutions in the country.
The president noted that the cost of operating multiple discordant databases and infrastructure is unsustainable, adding that “government cannot afford the continued proliferation of data capture activities. The proliferation does not grant any advantage in efficiency, neither does it make good economic sense”.
According to him, the growing identity verification needs, calls for harmonisation and integration of identity databases and the development of a universal service infrastructure.
In his words, ”To achieve this goal, the National Identity Management Commission should ensure that by December 31, 2014 all persons eligible for registration as provided for in section 16 of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Act No. 23, of 2007 are enrolled into the National Identity Database.
”By this same date, all government agencies requiring identity verification and authentication services or involved in data capture activities must align their activities with a view to switching over to the NIMC infrastructure.’