The Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), the Umbrella body of all IT Practitioners in Nigeria, has offered to assist the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to deliver on the National Identification Number (NIN) registration even as millions of Nigerians are yet to be registered.
NCS recalls that, at the last count, the current implementation by NIN had achieved about 42 million records (NIN) which represents just about 20% of Nigerians.
To press home their points, the NCS in a statement made available to TechEconomy.ng and endorsed by the President, Professor Adesina Sodiya, said, that the progress of work on the NIMC project is not good enough.
According to the Society, the members are ready and capable of solving the challenges on the project in Nigeria by Nigerians.
NCS also identified that the management of the current (Coronavirus) pandemic can be better managed with a good and acceptable National Identity database.
Therefore, the Nigeria Computer Society has proposed as follows:
1. Create a framework for issuance of Temporary National Identity Number
“That we shall support NIMC to create a framework for issuance of Temporary National Identity Number using complex data matching algorithm and facial recognition. This will allow Nigerians to register for NIMC by themselves using a simple Mobile phones. The application will be capable of working offline with upload to the central server when the Network is available.
2. Introduce ‘DO IT YOURSELF’
“Nigerians can get their NIN in a “DO IT YOURSELF” framework and from the comfort of their homes
3. How fingerprints can be integrated
“NIMC can still collect and add fingerprints later for the temporary NIN to be permanent (if fingerprint is important).
4. NCS and associates can deliver on 180 days
“That NCS and associated organs and partners will collaborate to deliver this platform for NIMC within 180 days.
5. NCS will deliver robust platform
“NCS will also deliver a robust platform for management of aids, foods, materials etc during this pandemic period.
6. Decentralize registration for speedy delivery
“All the agents and partners of NCDC, NEMA, Non-Government Organizations, Donors etc will assist to register Nigerians before giving out aids, foods etc. This means such agencies can also track and check if the beneficiaries had received from other agencies before giving out more.
7. Accessing aids from the government should be tied to NIN registration
“Nigerians should be mandated to make sure they register themselves before they can access aids from government and all Donors must register all beneficiaries of their efforts.
“This is our proposal and Simple and pragmatic Solutions
Prof. Sodiya added that this is their professional intervention to solving major National crisis for the benefit and pride of Nigerians.
“It is time Nigerian Professionals prove their worth.
“However, this proposal will require the support, collaboration, and blessings of NIMC, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, NITDA, NCC and other related agencies. It is time to cut out the usual bureaucracies.
“NCS will continue to provide necessary supports for using information technology-based solutions for driving national development. Our Members remain committed and are always willing to provide the capacities and technical expertise needed for building acceptable integrated database for this country”.