by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Following the approval by the Federal Government for Plateau State to participate in the ongoing National Identity Management System (NIMS), which is implemented by the National Identity Management Commission under the Digital Identity Ecosystem project, the State Government has rolled out its first NIN Registration Centre in Jos.
The NIN Data Registration Centre, located at the JD Gomwalk Secretariat Jos, is the first of the State’s intervention to ensure that indigenes and residents of the State are enrolled into the National Identity Data Base (NIDB) for the issuance of the National Identity Number (NIN) with ease.
The roll-out, which is expected to gradually be extended to the 17 local governments, is being coordinated by the Plateau State Information, Communication and Technology Development Agency (PICTDA) and the Ministry of Science and Technology, which were directed by Governor Simon Bako Lalong to serve as “implementing partners” after the approval was secured.
Already, the agency (with the collaboration of the NIMC) has trained enrollment officers across the State to operate the enrollment exercise. NIMC officials are also providing support throughout the process of registration and roll-out of centres to ensure the exercise is smooth.
The government also urged citizens and residents to, therefore, approach the Plateau State Secretariat Enrollment Centre situated at the Maintenance Building, after the main entrance to the J.D. Gomwalk Secretariat, with relevant documents to be captured.
Supporting documents for enrolment include: Birth Certificate, International Passport, Driver’s License, Voters Card, Private/governmental ID Card, and Indigent Certificate.
The Plateau State Government is hopeful that the roll-out of the Registration Centres will further enhance service delivery in payroll and tax verification, payments, scholarship awards, enrollment in schools, provision of health care, especially as related to the PLASCHEMA, land administration, agricultural support and other related services performed by the different Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the State.