President Muhammadu Buhari has emphasised the importance of the National identity card to Nigerian voters, stating that it will complement the permanent voter’s card in future elections in the country.
Buhari made the remark on Tuesday after he was registered for his national identity card by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the project will go a long way to confirm Nigeria’s population.
Buhari said: “I think this exercise is very important to confirm our population and those who are entitled to vote, that is those who are 18 years and above. It will complement the permanent voters’ card.
“So for those who want their votes to count from whichever party or constituency, they should ensure that they and their families are properly captured.”
Speaking with newsmen after supervising the president’s registration, the Director General of NIMC, Chris Onyemenam said the exercise is not a one off thing and has no time limit.
He said that the commission is taking deliberate steps to ensure that enrollment centres are opened in each local government.
Onyemenam said: “It is a continuous exercise. So every enrollment centre that we have established remain open forever, they are like banks’ branches.
“In collaboration with MDAs, we are now extending it to universities. It will also be extended to primary schools and hospitals,”
He added, “Because of the records of births and deaths that are the primary responsibility of the Nigerian Population Commission, it will even become wider because there are more centres for the registration of births and deaths.
“Once a centre is established, it remains there and people can go there and enroll at their convenient time,
“They will do the pre-enrollment first before going to any centre for the biometric data capture,” Onyemenam said.
He said with cooperation from INEC, it will be extended even further.