The Nigeria Digital Identification for Development (ID4D) project says it has concluded plans to support the National Population Commission (NPC) in digitizing its civil registration process.
The ID4D project coordinator, Musa Odole Solomon revealed this during a courtesy visit to NPC Chairman, Alhaji Isa Kwarra, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Solomon, in a press release made available to Daily Trustdescribed the NPC as a key partner in the implementation of the ID4D project, providing commission support for the project.
He said, “ID4D is a Nigerian project jointly funded by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the French Development Agency.
“The development objective of the project is to increase the number of people with the National Identity Number (NIN) issued by a robust and inclusive core identity system that facilitates their access to services.
“The project is designed according to an ecosystem model and is not limited to a single organization. It therefore involves different government agencies, the private sector and civil society. The project has since identified the National Population Commission as an important ecosystem partner, hence this visit.
Solomon explained that “The ID4D project would fund technical assistance to create the enabling legal and regulatory environment for the development of a digital civil registry and strengthen its role in the country’s fundamental identification ecosystem, including the digitization of existing birth registration processes”.
In response, the NPC chairman said the commission is a willing partner in the country’s identity project, even though he has pledged to support and cooperate with the ID4D project.
Kwarra said he was pleased with the project’s willingness to support digitization of the civil registry, as well as capacity development, describing these as critical needs of the commission.
Speaking on the planned national census, he added that “we are planning to conduct the first digital census in Nigeria.”