National Pension Commission, PENCOM, has pledged to hasten the process of harmonising and integrating the PENCOM Database with the National Identity database to ensure complete synergy with the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC.
Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, the director general of PENCOM, made it known when the director general/CEO of NIMC, Barrister Chris Onyemenam paid her a courtesy visit at the PENCOM headquarters in Abuja recently to further review their collaboration.
“NIMC Idea in PENCOM’s estimation is a fabulous idea, before the inception of the highly structured Pension industry that exist today, there has been a fundamental need for a foundation Identity Database which all the Agencies and private organisations can fall back on at any given time, and we are glad that NIMC has put such structure on ground. There has always been a great need for proper identification and verification in the pension industry to ensure little or no case of identity theft. It’s a good thing that NIMC and PENCOM are poised to make a positive impact and contribute to the country’s economy and development,” she exclaimed.
She further explained that PENCOM was mandated by law to run its own functional database, but would also ensure that the PENCOM database remained in harmony and in sync with NIMC database.
“While managing PENCOM’s functional database, we strive to continually take cues from NIMC’s expertise in identity management and we are indeed excited about the future as we continue to partner,” she said.
The director general of NIMC in his response noted that NIMC’s core mandate was identity management, saying the major reasons for identity theft and fraud related activities in the country were the lack of record keeping.
She further asserted that over the decades, Nigeria did not have an identity database, which made identity theft and fraud very common among Nigerians.
The NIMC DG explained that with the National Identity Database now in place, every individual who enrolled into the database was allowed to lie to the system just once, because once the details were captured, it was stored against the individual’s biometrics and headshot so that in the next 20 years or more, the same details could be referred to with the help of the National Identification Number NIN.

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