Nigeria national ID card launches this week

National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) starts national ID card program this week. In Nigeria it’s also another attempt to get population registration system running. Every citizen will get National Identification Number (NIN) 9 digit unique identifier. Over 150 million Nigerians are expected to register. New systems supports high security features of biometrics technology. There are high hopes associated with the project. While most national and state services are planned to be tied to NIN fraud and identity theft risk should be marginalized. Nigeria has been struggling with national ID issues for decades. Previous major attempt to get the country ID cards ended with a corruption scandal in 2003.

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