The first quarter of 2024 will see the resolution of all overdue payments spanning two years, according to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). This was communicated to front-end partners (FEPs).
Mrs. Abisoye Coker-Odusote, the acting Director-General, has expressed sympathy for the FEPs, who have been running their businesses for years without payment.
According to Coker-Odusote, a review was conducted to ensure that the enrollment information provided by FEPs was accurate after a revalidation exercise revealed inconsistencies in their invoices.
She led NIMC, which undertook a revalidation exercise to look into the past-due payments that the new management took over, following the proper audit procedure to validate the claims made by the FEPs. The goal is to settle the debt.
During the process, it was discovered that the enrollment figures reported on the database did not match up with some of the invoices submitted by the FEPs. This led to the revalidation exercise, which was carried out to validate that the enrollment information was true and accurate.
Regardless, the audit is coming to a close, and the FEPs will be activated based on the results of the validation exercise.
Since the new NIMC leadership has only been in place for a short time and is already hard at work paying off all of the inherited obligations, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to our business partners for the delay and ask for their understanding.
“We are putting in a lot of time and effort to find the money to pay off the debt that the previous administration was unable to pay off owing to a lack of funding.
“I would want to emphasise once again that the purpose of the revalidation exercise was to clean up the system and make sure that the enrollment procedures were up to par with global standards for protecting citizens’ information.”
This month, the commission also revealed its plans to host a conference to engage stakeholders.