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New National ID System will Curb Ghost Workers Problem, Help National Planning.

By Eric Ojo

The National Identity Commission (NIMC) has assured Nigerians that The National Identity Management System will also curb the ghost workers phenomenon in civil/public service in the country.

The commission said the new system would also go a long way in helping the government in facilitating national planning.

The NIMC added that the National Identification Number (NIN) will help protect individuals from identity theft and fraud by providing a simple, reliable, sustainable and universally acceptable means of conforming individual’s identity at all.

The Director Corporate Communications of the Commission, Mr Okwudiafor Anthony who gave the assurance in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, further noted that the system will make it difficult for criminals to use false or multiple or ghost identities.

Mr. Okwudiafor also assured that the system will also enhance the work of Law Enforcement Agencies in the country, adding that the Non- Intelligent 11 digits National Identification Number (NIN) which is pulled and given to Nigerians and Legal Residents after successful enrolment is what genuinely reveals the identity of Individuals at any point in time.

He further explained that the National Identity Management System is entirely different from mere Photo Card issuance that was carried out in previous schemes.

He said the NIN is the Individual’s Identity and the numbers are what will be used for authentication and verification through a sub-system.

He pointed out that the unique Smart Card that will be issued to all those that have registered and collected their NIN is unique because it is chip based card and 100 percent poly carbonate  with 18 security features of international standard.

The Card also has 13 applications including a payment solution, a match-on-card and an e-PRI.

The Director emphasized that the enrolment for the NIN is a continuous exercise from Mondays to Fridays with additional pre-enrolment portal that allows individuals to pre-enroll through the portal ( that is capable of serving over one million pre-registration a day.

He added that the on-line pre- enrolment allows applicants to input their demographic data and print out the pre-registration slip that has a   2D Barcode and proceed to any nearest NIMC enrolment center to capture their biometrics and electronic signature which completes the process with the issuance or the National Identification Number (NIN) and a tracking ID number.

Mr. Okwudiafor also reiterated that the NIMS project is focused on Identity Management which is real time live processing of data from every location in line with the international standards (ICAO, ISO, IEEE, etc.) and best global practices unlike the previous schemes where personal information of individuals are collected stored and then processed later.

He said more  enrolment centers will be opened in all the  Local Government  Areas across the Nation in addition to mobile enrolment centers in high traffic  locations like the military, pre-military, universities, MDA’S and  remote areas to cater for the grassroots.

The director equally assured that the NIMS project will provide a convenient and simplified process for enrolment into the National Identity Management System in Nigeria.

Source: African Examiner.

Brazil: bar codes on sidewalks give tourist info.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro is mixing technology with tradition to provide tourists information about the city by embedding bar codes into the black and white mosaic sidewalks that are a symbol of the city.

The first two-dimensional bar codes, or QR codes, as they’re known, were installed Friday atArpoador, a massive boulder that rises at the end of Ipanema beach. The image was built into the sidewalk with the same black and white stones that decorate sidewalks around town with mosaics of waves, fish and abstract images.

The launch attracted onlookers, who downloaded an application to their smartphones or tablets and photographed the icon. The app read the code and they were then taken to a web site that gave them information in Portuguese, Spanish or English, and a map of the area.

They learned, for example, that Arpoador gets big waves, making it a hot spot for surfing and giving the 500-meter beach nearby the name of “Praia do Diabo,” or Devil’s Beach. They could also find out that the rock is called Arpoador because fishermen once harpooned whales off the shore.

The city plans to install 30 of these QR codes at beaches, vistas, and historic sites, so Rio’s approximately 2 million foreign visitors can learn about the city as they walk around.

“If you add the number of Brazilian tourists, this tool has a great potential to be useful,” said Marcos Correa Bento, head of the city’s conservation and public works.

Raul Oliveira Neto, a 24-year-old visitor from the Southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, was one of the first to use the icon and thought the service fit well with the way people live now.

“We use so much technology to pass information, this makes sense,” he said, noting he’d seen QR codes on tourist sites in Portugal, where they were first used for this purpose. “It’s the way we do things nowadays.”

Locals — used to giving visitors directions — also approved the novelty.

“Look, there’s a little map; it even shows you where we are,” said Diego Fortunato, 25, as he pulled up information.

“Rio doesn’t always have information for those who don’t know the city,” he said. “It’s something the city needs, that it’s been lacking.”


Associated Press

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