NIMC, Digital ID4D partner with Online Publishers to combat misinfo, boost National ID registration

Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote

In an effort to strengthen the national identity infrastructure and combat misinformation, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has commenced a two-day roundtable with publishers of online newspapers. Venue is the Amber Residence, Ikeja, G RA, Lagos

Part of the objectives of the meeting is to educate participants on the mandate and operations of NIMC; educate the online publishers on the 5-Point Agenda of the present NIMC DG/CEO; and to discuss the role of participants in the NIMC Ecosystem Enrolment exercise.

Other objectives are: To start a relationship that will aid publicity and minimize/prevent misinformation; share experiences on current and possible future challenges; agree on critical areas of collaboration and next steps; create a platform for NIMC to explain its activities and achievements, while commencing a relationship with online publishers, and of course, to build friendship.

In other words, the event, which runs from June 21st to 22nd of June 2024, brings together key players in Nigeria's digital media landscape to foster a collaborative approach to accurate information dissemination.

Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote, the Director General and CEO of NIMC, emphasized the critical role of online media in shaping public opinion and ensuring the success of the national identity registration.

"As we gather here today, we are united by a common goal - to build formidable bridges between NIMC and the influential voices of the online media landscape," Coker-Odusote said in her opening remarks.

She highlighted the dual role of online publishers as both partners in disseminating accurate information and potential sources of misinformation, underscoring the need for a strategic partnership to address these challenges.

Among other things, she said that “by working together, we can enhance the visibility, trust, and goodwill of NIMC, ensuring that our message reaches the public accurately and effectively.” She also urged the online editors to embrace professionalism and be guided by ethical conducts.

At the event moderated by Dr. Chike Walter Duru, Manager, Internal Communications (Project Implementation Unit) at the Nigeria Digital Identification For Development (ID4D) Project, coordinator of the Nigeria Digital ID4D Project, Tito Ejenavi, highlighted the project’s mission to create an inclusive, robust identity system funded by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the French Development Agency.

“Our mission is rooted in the principle of inclusion,” Ejenavi said, noting the historical marginalization of certain groups and the project’s commitment to ensuring equitable access to identity services for all Nigerians, among other things.

Over the course of the roundtable, participants will delve into NIMC’s operations, strategies, and future plans, with a focus on enhancing public trust and preventing the spread of misinformation. 

Both Coker-Odusote and Ejenavi called for the continued support of online publishers in spreading accurate information and encouraging nationwide participation in the identity registration process.

This collaborative effort marks a significant step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 16.9, which aims to provide a legal identity for all by 2030, ensuring that no Nigerian is left behind.

Among the facilitators on the opening day was Carolyn Folami, the Director, Business Development and Commercial Services at NIMC, and Festus Esangbedo, the Head, Legal, Regulatory and Compliance at NIMC who fielded several questions after making a presentation on NIMC’s mandate and the Commission’s strategic priorities.
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