Coordinator enlightens Students on Importance of National Identity Number
The Federal Government has made the National Identification Number (NIN) mandatory for all citizens with a view to harmonising all national databases into one central database, the Regional coordinator, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Lagos, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, has stated.
Mr. Adegoke, who made this disclosure on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Covenant University, where the Guest Speaker, noted that the 2023 general elections may be based on the NIN.
While making his presentation at the seminar, Mr. Adegoke explained that the NIMC was moving Nigerians to NIN ownership, and it was imperative that students, faculty and staff enrol and have a valid national identity number.
According to him, NIN was the only identity number that would be recognised and used in the issuance of international passports, drivers’ licenses and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board registration so as to access higher education in the country.
He emphasised the importance of NIN to the students and encouraged them to build solutions to some of the emerging problems in the area of identity management such as data security, verification, and validation amongst others. He further encouraged the students to seek to develop expertise in various computer solutions with a view to addressing the manpower gap currently existing in the government sector.
Mr. Adegoke charged the students to come up with indigenous computer software solutions to assist the country in curbing the overreliance on foreign solutions imported into the country. He noted that there was manpower deficit in NIMC and urged the students to work towards working for the government.
The Guest Speaker, who frowned at the tendency of young graduates pursuing money immediately after graduation, admonished the students to focus on their career first instead of pursuing money. He added that when they focus first on career, money would follow in no distant time.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Head, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Professor Ambrose Azeta, emphasised the impact of the Town and Gown seminar, which he said was for the undergraduate students of Covenant to imbibe industry practices before graduation. He added that the seminar was to create a synergy between class work and industry relevance in order to achieve balanced scholarship.