By Onuminya Innocent in Sokoto
The Sokoto State Government has vowed to ensure that 74% of the state indigenes who are yet to be enrolled into the Nigerian Identity management system are duly registered.
Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this when he received the Sokoto State Coordinator of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mal. Garba Balarabe who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
Gov. Tambuwal who spoke through his Deputy, Hon. Manir Muhammad Dan’iya said the 16% of Sokoto State indigenes that got enrolled into the scheme is very low compared to the number of citizens in other states.
According to him, the number of those so far registered in the state pales into insignificance when compared to an estimation of over 5 million people that make up the population of the State, thus urging the people, especially those living in rural areas, to avail themselves of the enrollment as there are multiple benefits to derive from doing so.
The Deputy Governor who received his Permanent Identity Card after years of enrollment, stated that: “All Nigerians need the identity with which the government can generate accurate data for national and economic development planning.”
Tambuwal said his government “is ever ready to assist the NIMC in discharging its responsibilities assuring that his administration will assist it in its efforts to reach the 23 local government areas in Sokoto State.
Speaking earlier, Mal. Balarabe said he was in the Deputy Governor’s office to officially present to him his permanent ID card and also intimate him on the level of enrollment recorded in Sokoto which is very poor compared to other states.
Mr. Balarabe said since inception of the Sokoto State Office, the commission had been performing its function despite low patronage from the public and little assistance from the state government.
He added that available statistics have it that only few students, bank customers and others directed to them by officials of Nigeria Immigration Service, because they require the identity card number to transact business or gain access to certain services, patronize the NIMC.
He appealed to the state government-to come to their aid and support them in mobilizing and publicizing the activities of the commission especially in the local government areas where majority of the people are not enrolled.
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