The Department for Digital Identification for national development at the World Bank has sent a delegation to Nigeria to make an assessment of the undergoing efforts in addressing Nigeria’s thirty-eight year old problem of identity management.
The two-week working tour of the Mission would conduct a careful study of how Nigeria’s digital identity scheme has been deployed against a ‘best practice’ tool kit that was developed and published by the World Bank in June 2014.
The Mission will also conduct in-depth reviews of stakeholders in the Identity Ecosystem, including the National Pension Commission, National Health Insurance Commission, Federal Road Safety Commission, the Joint Tax Board’s ‘TIN’ scheme, Central Bank’s Bank Verification Number scheme- BVN, the vital registration end of the work of the National Population Commission, PITAD and perhaps the INEC. These other players in the identity ecosystem in Nigeria- all government establishments at the federal level- have still not been able to harmonize with the NIMC scheme following government’s directive to them to do so.
The Mission is said to be interested in ascertaining the extent of work done and how, through providing a multi-level support, which may include technical, training, financial, regulatory, policy and even awareness and enlightenment schemes,the digital identification scheme in Nigeria will be properly aligned to sustain its commitment to global best practice, help Nigeria optimise national resources typically allocated to the sector, foster its use for driving economic development and pro-poor programmes and help Nigeria’s current effort gain stronger momentum to achieve full coverage and integration which will make the benefits of digital identification to trickle down to the rural areas in Nigeria and impact poverty in a decisive manner.