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Hari Viswanathan, Regional Head- Sub-Saharan Africa at VFS Global and Hadiza Ali Dagabana, General Manager, Legal Services at NIMC (representing DG)

As part of the endeavour to support the initiative by the National Identity Management Commission’s (NIMC) to enrol Nigerian adults and children into the National Identity Database (NIDB), VFS Global is pleased to announce the launch of its first enrolment centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The newly launched centre will offer diaspora enrolment services for Nigerians residing in South Africa with their National Identification Number (NIN) issuance.

The newly launched VFS Global NIN centre located at 1st floor Rivonia Village Office Block, cnr. Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road, Rivonia, Johannesburg will open for enrolments from 21 June 2019. Appointments can be obtained beforehand online by visiting www.vfsglobal.com/NIMC/Nigeria for the National Identification Number enrolment and subsequently the issuance of General Multi-Purpose Card (GMPC) issuance to eligible Nigerian citizens in diaspora. A dedicated contact centre and email support service is also available for applicants to answer queries and track the application status.

The National Identification Number is a unique set of eleven digits number issued to the Nigerian citizens in diaspora. NIN is used for processing all forms of transactions that involves submitting an identity verification in Nigeria such as getting a driver’s license, voter’s card or even for opening a bank account which will offer greater convenience and transparency.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Jiten Vyas, Regional Group COO, VFS Global, said “The launch of our new National Identification Number enrolment centre in South Africa to support the initiative by the National Identity Management Commission, Nigeria stands as a testament to our efforts to offer solutions that ensure a secure and seamless experience in the Identity and Citizen Services space globally. By leveraging our capabilities of having successfully implemented such large-scale diaspora enrolment services across the world including ongoing projects in Africa, we are confident that this would greatly benefit the implementation of this initiative.”

With nearly two decades of experience, VFS Global has established itself as a world leader in offering solutions in both visa application processing and identity-based citizen services. By successfully leveraging on its expertise in the visa space, VFS Global has been effectively assisting local governments with e-governance solutions thereby helping them assimilate next-generation solutions into efficient public-facing services in the identity and citizen services space.

Solutions developed by VFS Global in the identity and citizen services space enables governments to focus entirely on the critical tasks of decision-making and assessment, by streamlining operations, digitalising processes, increasing cost-efficiency and enhancing customer service which include biometric enrolment capabilities. Having processed over 84 million biometric enrolments since 2007, VFS Global currently serves 38 Client Governments across 138 countries with its biometric solutions.

National Identification Number Enrolment Centre

Address in South Africa: 1st floor Rivonia Village Office Block, cnr. Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road, Rivonia, Johannesburg

Helpline: +27(0)124253051 Email id: info@dantatauniversal.com

Website: www.vfsglobal.com/NIMC/Nigeria

Submission Timings: 0800hrs-1230hrs and 1330hrs-1500 hrs (Monday to Friday, except scheduled holidays)

*VFS Global will be responsible only for accepting applications for client missions. All applications submitted will continue to be assessed and processed by the respective client missions. Timelines for turnaround are as per the discretion of the authorities.

About Dantata Universal Services

DUS was incorporated as a Limited Liability firm with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in July 2013 in accordance with the provision of the Companies and Allied Matters Decree of 1990 with Registration Number 1119863.It was established to provide technical and cost-effective ICT services for both public and private institutions. The Company has been extensively involved in the collection of Biometrics for applicants who wish to travel to Hajj and Umrah in Nigeria in association with VFS Global.

About VFS Global

VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. VFS Global has Swiss parentage and is a portfolio company of EQT, a leading global private equity firm headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. With 3093 Application Centres, operations in 147 countries across five continents and over 203 million applications processed as on 31 May 2019, VFS Global is the trusted partner of 62 client governments.

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