O National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) he stated why he should assume the distribution of COVID-19 palliative care to poor and vulnerable Nigerians.
NIMC union leader Lucky Asekokhai said in a statement on Sunday that the commission should be involved in distributing COVID-19 palliative care, authenticating and providing a real-time identity to those who are really vulnerable.
Asekokhai also said that the use of the Bank Verification Number, with its nearly 40 million records, is restricted to holders of bank account numbers that the most vulnerable Nigerians do not have.
He said; "There is no doubt that NIMC has the only comprehensive and reliable database in Nigeria."
Asekokhai said that currently about 42 million Nigerians with their NIN are registered with the NIMC “and this is really inappropriate for Nigeria's 200 million inhabitants.
According to him, cases of missing patients with COVID-19 in some undefined states could be handled by their National Identity Number, especially if the NIMC is adequately funded to get all registered Nigerians.
He said that currently around 42 million Nigerians with their NIN are registered with the NIMC “and this is really inappropriate for Nigeria's 200 million inhabitants.
“Therefore, Covid-19 and the issues that arise should, as a matter of urgency, make FG provide the NIMC with the necessary financial capacity to capture all Nigerians within 2 to 3 years, which will also help the Federal Government and its security agencies allied to easily fight national and transnational crimes, such as terrorism and other criminal impunity in the country, which border on identity theft, ”he concluded.
This is after the federal government revealed plans to establish palliative care to help micro and small businesses (MSMEs) survive the economic consequences of COVID-19 pandemic.
This was revealed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who also reported that the palliatives reflected the Muhammadu Buhari's government's determination to support MSMEs and small businesses.
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