SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 18 – The National Identity Management Commision (NIMC) has said that the national identity mobile app is not ready for public use as it is still at the testing stage.
The application allows citizens to log in with their National Identification Number (NIN) and registered phone number. After a successful login, the application is expected to display the full details of the citizen, including a photograph.
The new initiative generated discussions among Nigerians on social media platforms over the weekend. Some Nigerians who, however, tried to use the app had complained about the flaws — including wrong identities.
In a statement released on Monday, the agency urged Nigerians to wait for official announcement on the initiative. It said the application is still being tested and once the test is complete, Nigerians would be informed.
The statement reads:
“Our attention has been drawn to several complaints about the NIMC mobile App. We will like Nigerians to be aware that the app is a novel innovation by the commission, but it is yet to be officially approved for public consumption.
“The app is still in the test environment and currently being fine-tuned to give users the best experience with adequate privacy and data security safeguards. Once the test stage is concluded, the Commission will issue a formal statement regarding its usage by our esteemed NIN registered persons.
“In the same vein, we want to assure Nigerians of the security of their data. Our systems are configured to ensure the utmost protection of the data.
“Members of the general public are hereby strongly advised to disregard commentaries and information from unauthorised sources about the app and other activities of the commission. The official communication platforms of the commission are the only authorised sources of information pertaining to all its activities – press releases; media parley; website and official social media handles.”