Islamabad, 17 May 2022 (TDI): The High Commissioner of Nigeria to Pakistan, Ahmed Rufai Abu Bakar, along with a delegation called on Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik today at NADRA Headquarters Islamabad.

Chairman NADRA briefed the delegation headed by the Nigerian High Commissioner on various operations of NADRA. Moreover, he also shared the success NADRA achieved in universal ID Registration coverage across Pakistan and utilization of National ID data. Such technology can support various Government and Private sector initiatives.

Progress in Pakistan-Nigeria Cooperation on National ID Service 

During the briefing, Chairman Malik emphasized the significance of the Government of Pakistan’s “Look Africa Policy”. NADRA is ready to work closely with many government organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, Sudan, and Somalia to coordinate with this policy.

Chairman Malik informed the delegation of various instrumental successes NADRA has achieved. The achievements do not only include reviving the stalled ID Card program in Nigeria. Another significant one is that under Transfer of Technology, the authority of Pakistan has equipped and empowered the technical staff of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Nigeria. With such effort, Nigeria can operate the National ID system independently.

Ahmed Rufai Abu Bakar lauded the efforts of Malik and his team. He showed his desire to get NADRA’s assistance for the Government of Nigeria to capitalize on National ID data. Also, the Nigerian High Commissioner mentioned the linkage between the National ID system and other disparate systems operating in Nigeria.

The Chairman assured that NADRA will extend all possible G2G support in ID-related projects. Malik also urged on to achieve “One Version of truth”.  The plan is only possible when National ID is utilized to its fullest and duplication of data is eliminated. The chairman added that interlinking all systems with the Nigerian National ID system will save costs for the Nigerian Government.

The Nigerian High Commissioner also appreciated the support provided by NADRA in developing a robust identity management system for Nigeria.

It is pertinent to mention that NADRA is helping Nigeria and Kenya Sudan, Fiji, Bangladesh, Somalia, and other countries in digital ID-related initiatives in its spirit of South-South Cooperation.

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