The Federal Government has challenged the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to develop DNA replication and encoding laboratories to help in the detection and prosecution of criminals in the country.
The minister of state, science and technology, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi, said this at the 2019 National Identity Day organised by NIMC on Monday, September 16.
He stressed the need for NIMC to look into the possibility of strategic partnerships with other government agencies to ensure new innovations are introduced to help in combating crime in the country.
Abdullahi also urged the commission to include forensic analysis of data in its operations to support the efforts of security agencies.
“To me, NIMC should go beyond photo and bio-data capturing of citizens in support of Nigeria Immigration Service and other financial institutions. “NIMC ought to include forensic analysis of data by interfacing with the National Biotechnology Development Agency to develop a DNA replication and encoding laboratories to support security agencies in the detection, arrest and prosecution of criminals. “We at the federal ministry of science and technology challenge NIMC towards this partnership to develop a modern, effective and technology-driven Identity Management architecture for Nigeria,” he said. The acting chairman, board of NIMC, Malam Bello Gwandu, earlier said Nigeria had a long way to go to achieve the target of legal identity for all, especially in terms of registration from birth. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the first time Nigeria would join the rest of the world to observe International Identity Day. Meanwhile, the federal government has given the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) up to Wednesday, September 25 to cut off 2.224million improperly registered SIM cards from telecom networks in the country.
Minister of communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, gave the directive in his office in Abuja on Monday, September 15 after he inaugurated the newly constituted NCC board headed by Senator Biyi Durojaiye.