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ID4D: World Bank says Nigeria on track with 70% of NIN target achieved

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The World Bank has marked the performance of the Nigeria Identity for National Development (ID4D) as satisfactory, noting that the Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is making progress.

Under the project, NIMC is expected to have issued the National Identification Number (NIN) to 148 million Nigerians by June 2024.

As of December 2023, data released by the Commission showed that 104.16 million Nigerians had been issued NIN, representing 70% of the target.

The World Bank in its latest implementation report on the project published on March 29, 2024, said “NIMC is making satisfactory progress”.

Highlighting some of the milestones that have been achieved under the project, the World Bank NIMC has updated its Android enrollment software which will shorten the time of enrolment.

While there have been concerns recently about unauthorized access to the NIN database, the report indicated that there have been substantial updates in the different components of the NIMS, such as new enrolment of front-end software, middleware solutions, key life-cycle modules, and many more. All of these, it said, have led to better safeguards and built-in data security enhancement.

The ID4D project, which commenced in 2019, is being financed through an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$115 million and co-financing of US$100 million from the French Agency for Development and US$215 million from the European Investment Bank.

According to the World Bank, which facilitated the loans and monitored the project, as of April 30, 2023, a total of $35.6 million had been disbursed for the implementation of the project.

The bank said the objective of the Digital Identification for Development Project for Nigeria is to increase the number of persons with a national ID number, issued by a robust and inclusive foundational Identification (ID) system, that facilitates their access to services.

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