The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said on Thursday the Federal Government had finished up courses of action to drop the plastic identity cards for advanced.
Aregbesola, who revealed this to State House journalists subsequent to driving individuals from the advisory group on Citizen Data Management and Harmonization to introduce their report to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the plastic cards were just representative while the primary part ought to be the distinguishing proof number.
The pastor stated:
“The card is just for convenience. The real thing is the number you have.
“With that number, you are on the data bank. Everything about you is there.
“We are just upgrading it such that your DNA too will be there very soon. Even if you are in a car, I will know if you are the one in the car with your DNA.
“It is already captured. You are already captured, you cannot run away anymore.”
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Patami, also said the nation was no longer talking about cards.
“What the chairman (Aregbesola) is saying now is that we are no more talking about cards, the world has gone digital, so that card is no more.
“Our priority now is the digital ID. It will be attached to your database wherever you are. So if you can memorize it by heart, wherever you go, that central database domiciled with NIMC will be able to provide the number and every one of your data will be provided.
“Now, our focus is no longer on producing cards. That card is only for record but what is important is the digital ID and if you notice, we have started using the digital ID on the international passport. Once you have the digital ID but not the card, we are 100 percent done with you,” Pantami said.