The NIMC Act 2007 provides for the establishment of the NIMC, its functions, powers, establishment of the National Identity Database, assignment and use of General Multi-purpose cards, and the National Identification Number (NIN). The Act also provides the Commission with powers to make regulations connected with its functions. The NIMC Act 2007 provides the repeal of the law that created the former Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR) and the transfer of its assets and liabilities to the NIMC.
Consequently, the Commission’s mandate can be categorized into four (4) major action tracks, namely:
a) Establish the National Identity Management Commission as the primary legal, regulatory and institutional mechanism for implementing Government’s reform initiative (in the identity sector) as contained in the National Policy and NIMC Act, Sections 1, 2, 5 and 6.
b) Wind up and take over the assets and liabilities of the former DNCR which no longer exists, including the personnel in both the State and Local Government Offices nationwide;
c) Establish, operate and manage the National Identity Management System (NIMS):
i. Carry out the enrolment of citizens and legal residents as provided for in the Act;
ii. Create and operate a National Identity Database;
iii. Issue Unique National Identification Numbers to qualified citizens and legal residents;
iv. Issue a National Identity Smart Card to every registered person 16 years and above;
v. Provide a secure means to access the National Identity Database so that an individual can irrefutably assert his/her identity [Person Identification Verification Services (PIVS) Infrastructure];
vi. Harmonize and integrate Identity Databases in Government Agencies to achieve resource optimization through shared services platform;
vii. Collaborate with private sector and/or public sector institutions to deliver on the NIMS; and
viii. Register births and deaths through specific collaboration with the National Population Commission.
d) Foster the orderly development of an identity sector in Nigeria.
The Commission exists to establish and regulate a reliable and sustainable system of national identity management that enables a citizen or legal resident assert his identity.
It aims to achieve this by setting and maintaining identification standards, creating and managing a secure database, an identity token and a secure means to irrefutably confirm the identity of an individual, that will promote national security and enhance socio-economic development.
The Commission is committed to promoting the highest standard of ethical behaviour among its management and employees. Our core values emphasize Transparency, Promptness, Integrity, Excellence and Professionalism.
Transparency: In the pursuit of creating a national identity management system that is transparent and accountable, NIMC employees are required to maintain the highest ethical standards and create an atmosphere of confidence through openness and clarity in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Promptness: The requirement for promptness and efficiency, as well as the culture of timeliness and accuracy in service delivery, is a cardinal feature of NIMC.
Integrity: Commitment to honesty and dedication to duty are the remarkable virtues that form the hallmark of all NIMC staff.
Excellence: Our burning desire and unquenchable thirst for excellence summed up our motivation to offer the very best.
Professionalism: Members of Staff of NIMC exhibit a high degree of professionalism in the discharge of their responsibilities. As such, they are competent, accountable, respectful, creative and above all, team players.
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