Muhammad Anwalu, Kano State Coordinator, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), recently said that the agency needs N150bn to capture all Nigerians in its database, as against the proposed allocated N7bn budget given for this exercise by the Federal Government.
In an interview in Kano, he complained that out of 200 million Nigerians, only 40,000 have so far been registered in the national database. He said that the NIMC would be able to capture more people within 3 years if the are allocated more funds by the Federal government.
Anwalu gave a sound warning to those refusing to register for the National Identification Number (INN), that they risk a 3 month jail term or a N100k fine, and that prosecution for defaulters will soon be effective.
He added that that goal of the commission is to make sure every citizen is registered.
Anwalu said, "In accordance with the provisions of Section 27(1)(1) of the Commission Act, the use of the National Identity Number should be mandatory.
“In exercising its power of enforcement and compliance, the commission is empowered by law to demand evidence of compliance, so as to caution a non-compliant person."
He also revealed that the commission had requested assistance from the world bank to carry out this project.