National Identity Management Commission looks to enroll Nigerians abroad

January 21, 2013 - 

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Nigeria has announced it will enroll Nigerians living abroad as a part of its new identity management project, ITV reports.

“Our plan to enable us to take care of their biometrics is that we would establish our locations across the world to enable us to capture their biometrics and that will be very easy to do, Director General of the commission, Chris Onyemenam said.

“Nigerians in the Diaspora can enrol by going to an enrolment centre, their demographics will be captured and their biometrics will also be captured. Enrolment entails two things: your demographics will be captured as your bio-data and then your biometrics which is the head-shot, the fingerprint and also the signature would be captured.”

Onyemenam also said that mobile enrolment centers would be introduced for people living in the creeks and hinterlands, and that these mobile systems are adaptable and portable enough that officials can carry it with them and walk to reach those in rural or remote areas without registered biometrics.

Non-Nigerian residents will have their biometrics captured through the Nigeria Immigration Service.

As reported previously in, NIMC proposed its biometric collection efforts in October 2012, requiring every Nigerian who is 16 years and above to participate.

Also reported in, Dragnet Solutions, along with Warwick Warp Ltd., is looking to launch a centralized biometric database for West African nations.

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