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Business News of Wednesday, 8 December 2021


NIMC battles high maintenance costs, obsolete computers, poor connectivity

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The National Identity Management Commission has disclosed that it is struggling with high maintenance costs, obsolete computers, and poor connectivity hampers the enrolment process in the country.

The Director, Special Duties, NIMC, Mr Ibrahim Daniel, disclosed this at the official meeting between the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Russian Software Trade House in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to Daniel, the commission needs help in training its staff, especially in the area of database management.

He said, “There are a lot of things needed here. The first is to train and build the capacity of our staff, most especially those who work in the department of identity database.

“This bothers most on the issue of maintenance, particularly some of the servers and equipment. Most of the time, we outsource to maintain them. It attracts a humongous amount of money. But if we have in-house trained staff on that, it would reduce the cost.”

He further stated that the current database was based on the design of the Pakistanis.

“Most of the things installed there at the inception were not by Nigerians. Most of them were by the Pakistani national database. So, we need training for participants particularly for maintenance,” he said.

He added that a number of the enrolment computer devices were obsolete and needed to be replaced.

He said, “At the enrolment centres also, we have obsolete enrolment peripherals. Most of the desktops are outdated and need to be updated.

“We need high definition computers and some other peripherals that would fast-track the enrolment system.”

Daniel also lamented the challenge of poor connectivity, which he said, had hampered the enrolment process for the national identity number.

He said, “We have the issue of connectivity; it is not fast. There is a delay because of the large volume of enrolments that are coming in.

“It is not moving as fast as required and there are complaints and criticisms from the applicants. That is another critical area.”