Ebonyi Least In NIMC Database – State Coordinator
By Madonna Nwani
The Ebonyi State Coordinator, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Mr. Ukpati Eni says Ebonyi State is presently at the last position among 36 states and FCT in the commission’s database.
Mr. Eni who spoke to Citizens’ Advocate in his office said that only about 300,000 people have been enrolled so far in its database from Ebonyi State.
“From the 2006 census figure, Ebonyi State is around three point six million. But so far we’ve registered just about 300,000, that’s about 10%. So it is really not encouraging. At least some states in the North have registered up to 1million, even though they are small states as well.”
He revealed that a task force has been set up to adequately sensitize the southeast geopolitical zone to embrace the national identity management exercise, given the numerous benefits accruable from it.
Mr. Ukpabi revealed that in nearest future, the national identification number would be compulsory in all undertakings so that those who don’t have it would not be issued a national passport or voters card.
He added that in 2020, any candidate without NIM would not be allowed to write University Matriculation examination.
The State coordinator therefore called on the state government to tend support to the program through state policies and programmes geared towards mobilizing the rural populace to embrace the exercise.
According to him, Ebonyi is a predominantly agrarian society with sizable chunk of the rural population who do not appreciate the value of the registration.
Mr. Ukpabi said his vision was to ensure that before leaving office, he would have gotten one million Ebonyi residents registered with NIMC.