Traditional rulers, local government chairmen, stakeholders and representatives of religious bodies in Plateau State have unanimously said the January 9, 2016, deadline fixed for the mandatory use of the National Identity Number, NIN, to be issued by National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, is unrealistic.
They expressed their view at the weekend when the state coordinator of NIMC, Mr. Paul Gofwan, briefed them at the Gbong Gwom palace on the ongoing registration exercise and called for their cooperation.
The Gbon Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba, other members of the state’s traditional rulers council, and about 15 out of the17 local government chairmen in attendance said with the mandatory date for the use of the identification number fixed for January9, 2016, and till date the commission had only registered about 600, 000 people in Plateau state, there was no guarantee that the entire population of the state estimated to be a out 3.5million would be registered before the deadline.
The coordinator had said after the deadline, transactions such as account opening in banks, obtaining of drivers licences, international passports, NHIS services, and even land deals would become impossible without the NIN and failure to produce it would attract severe sanctions.
He appealed to the chairmen where offices have not been provided for NIMC to operate to provide offices for the commission, so that they could place order for the machines to be used for the registration to be brought into the state and installed for the registration to commence.
Giving the summation of the discussions, the Gbong Gwom noted that during planning, the stakeholders were not included in the discussions and now the local government chairmen were being expected to provide offices which they did not provide for in their budgeting for the year.
He said the 1.6million target figure to be registered in Plateau was not even realistic because the population of the state was about 3.5million, wondering if the other citizens not registered would not be disenfranchised due to the target.
The Gbong Gwom noted that the registration was a very beautiful idea and that with it, people who commit crimes could be easily traced to their addresses and arrested, but considering the fact that most areas both in the cities and villages do not even have addresses makes it unrealisable.

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