FG approves ₦30.66billion for unified identity Management System

 The Federal government has approved ₦30.066Billion for the implementation of a unified identity Management System (NIMS).
The unified identity Management System (NIMS) for Nigeria was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for implementation between now and 2013, during its weekly meeting which was chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku disclosed this to journalists at the post FEC briefing at the State House Abuja.
He said that the new integrated data system which will capture all Nigerians from the ages of 18 and above will also bring down the cost of data processing and storage by the different agencies in the country.
He also said the project, will be managed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and will be executed in conjunction with different agencies of government which currently keep their own separate identity data.

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The agencies include Independent National Electoral Commission, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), National Health Insurance Scheme, (NHIS), amongst others.
“With the new intergrated system, all existing data will be networked to create a common data base from where several agencies can access for their own purposes,” Maku said. “The system will also bring down the cost of data management by the several public institutions including banks, pension commission.
He added that “one area where the programme will be very useful for the nation is national security management since all citizens data are expected to be captured.”
The first phase of the exercise which is to start from this year is expected to gulp ₦30.066 billion which will be spread across 2011 to 2013.
The Minister also disclosed that the government has approved a professional officer cadre for the federal public service in an effort to improve culture of planning, monitoring and evaluation of government programmes and projects.
“It has been observed over time that government programmes/projects have suffered due to lack of data, analysis and well coordinated plans,” he said, adding that evaluation of project execution and performance has been very difficult because data collection, collection and analysis has been rather uncoordinated.
“In view of the present emphasis on the execution of national transformation programme toward the realisation of national vision 20:2020, planning should now take centres stage in the public service.”
The PPS cadre, he also said will be pooled together as professional cadre and posted to MDAs to coordinate the planning, research, policy analysis and performance measurement of the MDA projects and programmes.

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