The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is to partner with FCT Correspondents Chapel of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the area of capacity building. This was agreed upon when the leadership of Correspondents Chapel paid a courtesy visit to the new Director General, Aliyu Aziz, of the Commission.
The Chairman of the FCT Correspondents Chapel Raphael Ekpang, in his opening speech congratulated the new DG (who was unavoidably absent but was represented by the GM operations, Abdul-Hamid Umar), for his elevation to the position. Thereafter he told the commission that the chapel which has over one thousand members wants to partner with the commission in the area of capacity building. This he said will help members in reporting the activities of the commission accurately.
In his response on behalf on the DG, the GM Operations Abdul-Hamid Umar, agreed that members of the NUJ need training. He cited an example with the way the chairman of the chapel addressed the commission as ‘National Identity Commission’. He said that the activities of the commission are beyond the card. He said that journalists need to have first-hand knowledge of activities of the commission to be able to report them well.
On what the commission is doing to capture the internally displaced persons (IDPs), Umar said that the commission has been able to capture over 90% of the IDPs in the country.
He also revealed that most of the people who registered at the National Assembly for their Id Cards in 2012 are experiencing some problems in collecting their cards because there were some technical errors in processing the cards. He said the commission is making frantic effort to correct the anomaly soon.
The Senior Manager/Head Corporate Communications in the commission, Loveday Ckika Ogbonna, clarified some issues. He said that processed cards are sent to the location the bearer made registration. He clarifies that if one needs his card to be issued to him in his present area of residence, such person has the option, according to him to ask for card transfer.
The NUJ was represented by eight of her members led by the chairman Raphael Ekpang. The NIMC has the following in attendance Abdul-Hamid Umar, GM Operations; Loveday Chika Ogbonna; Alvan Ikoku, Philip Okeke Sunny Akor and a few other staff of the commission.