If there is one policy in Nigeria that has failed woefully to achieve its desired patriotic national objective, it is the National Identity Card policy. There are several other rogue policies that are just there gulping money without recording any success. It is unfortunate that agencies concerned are allowed to continue to milk the system without effecting drastic overhaul to make them work. If Nigerians have the National ID, the issue of census and election malpractices would be drastically reduced.
My focus, for now, is, once again, on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), which is the body, charged with the responsibility of issuing National ID card/National Identification Number (NIN) to Nigerians but which has grossly failed to do so. But having failed, the same national ID card or its number is now being used as a weapon against Nigerians. The other day, it was the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) that, early in 2018, pegged the issuance of Nigerian passport to the possession of the National ID card; a move that was widely condemned as illegal and it was dropped.
Recently, there were reports that the Police in Borno State were demanding NIN at road block in Maiduguri. It is not clear why the Police embarked on such venture, and why it was mainly in Maiduguri. The latest and most annoying came from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which had made the possession of NIN as a requirement for candidates wishing to sit for this year’s (2020) Unified Tertiary matriculation Examination (UTME). The demand had put confusion in thousands of candidates, many of who may not have heard of NIN or where or how it is obtained.