The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is collaborating with the Association of Non-bank Micro Finance Institutions of Nigeria (ANMFIN) to register its six million members into the national identity management system and issue them electronic identity card for effective financial inclusion.
It would fast-track the cashless Nigeria project of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as well as the digital economy migration of the federal government.
The ANMFIN members will be issued with national identity numbers (NIN) domiciled in a centralised database that would help government to plan, execute and maintain projects aimed at improving the standard of living of Nigerians.
Speaking at the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony which held at the NIMC headquarters in Abuja recently, the executive secretary ANMFIN, Mr Godbless Safugha, thanked the commission for stretching the hands of collaboration and support towards its organisation, adding that the NIMC’s role in driving financial inclusion at the grassroot through the provision of reliable data cannot be over emphasised.
He said, “For us at the ANMFIN, we see the National Identity Management System (NIMS) project as an antidote for identity crisis management in Nigeria which will improve financial services, social safety net programmes, healthcare services, etc. So we chose to partner this platform for the clear transformation it will bring to the Nigerian people.”
Stressing the relevance of the grassroots to the success of financial inclusion in Nigeria, he said, “Today, the CBN is preaching financial inclusion and to successfully achieve this goal, we must be able to reach the common man at the grassroots. If those people at the grassroot are not identified, it becomes difficult to make any progress.”
He said that with the NIMC coming on board, he is optimistic that Nigeria will achieve financial inclusion in a very short time.
SOURCE: Leadership (Nigeria)
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