To ensure that all Nigerians in the Diaspora are captured in the National Identity database spearheaded by the Nigerian government, the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE) has joined forces with other sister organizations to enrol Nigerians living outside the country.
The pre-enrolment of Nigerians in Europe/Diaspora is to ensure that all Nigerians living in Europe are documented in the National Identity Management System of the Federal Government.
A statement issued in London by Mr Kenneth Gbandi and Mr Abiodun Ogunsakin, chairman and secretary respectively of NIDOE enjoined bona fide Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunity to get a national identity number (NIN) when the exercise commences.
It noted that in future, without the NIN first time applicants for Nigerian passport and those wishing to renew same would not be able to procure one adding “this is why it’s important for every Nigerian, both home and abroad, to procure their NIN! The pre-enrolment that will be facilitated by NIDOE is to ensure that Nigerians in Diaspora do not repeat the frustrating experience of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) registration, where some Nigerians had to travel to Nigeria or outside their base to beat the BVN registration deadline in order not to lose their deposits in Nigerian banks.”
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is empowered by law to carry out the enrolment of citizens and legal residents as provided for in the Act establishing it, create and operate a national identity database, issue unique national identification numbers to qualified citizens and legal residents.
The NIDOE officials stated that “generally, the pre-enrolment exercise will enable the NIMC to register all Nigerians outside the shores of the country as is the standard practice in many countries, providing the much-needed data for Diaspora voting, economic data for developmental planning and pooling the huge Diaspora human resources”
It would be recalled that the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Mohammed Babandede, announced in August 2017 that from 1 January 2018, anybody without a National Identification Number (NIN) issued by the NIMC would not be able to procure Nigerian passport.
To this end, NIDOE said it would partner with NIMC ‘s approved specialists in information management services and database management to facilitate NIMC Diaspora population data capture, stressing that data obtained through the pre-enrolment exercise would be compliant with EU privacy laws and GDPR
In a related development, NIDOE in collaboration with other Diaspora sister organizations, BEN TV, London and other Diaspora media houses will commence a road show across Europe to sensitize and mobilize the Nigerian community in Europe/Diaspora to take advantage of the Diaspora pre-enrolment to avail them the opportunity of getting a National Identity Number (NIN).