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NIMC DG Aziz Bows Out As Coker-Odusote Takes Over

The director general/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Engr. Aliyu A. Azizhas as bowed of office on August 23, 2023, after successfully serving out two terms of four years in each of his tenured appointments.

According to a statement  issued yesterday by the head of Corporate Communications of NIMC, Kayode Adegoke,  Engr. Bisoye Coker-Odusote will take the baton of leadership in acting capacity, following her appointment by President Bola Tinubu.

Engr. Aziz was appointed the DG/CEO of NIMC on the 23rd of November 2015. The NIMC boss was a pioneer staff of the Commission from 2007 and retired in 2014 as director of IT/IDD. Upon assumption of office after his election, and eager to find capable hands to man NIMC, President Muhammadu Buhari, appointed Engr. Aziz as DG in November 2015 given his track record, skillset, and experience in the industry.

True to type, Engr. Aziz’s tenure witnessed the exponential growth of the National Identification Number from seven million records in 2015 to over 100 million unique records in the National Identity Database. His tenure witnessed the approval of the new NIMC conditions of service and a new salary scale.

The statement further said that Aziz’s astute management and transformational leadership style provided an enabling and harmonious work environment for the over 4,000 staff of the NIMC and a host of other notable achievements.

“Engr. Aziz’s impactful tenure witnessed the opening of over 18,000 NIN enrolment centres in the country from a paltry 700 centres in 2015. The Commission also expanded its frontier to the diaspora with over 500 centres in about 40 countries in the world. The expansion of the National Identity Database also began during its tenure and is still ongoing,” the statement said.

Engr. Bisoye Coker-Odusote will serve as the Acting DG/CEO of NIMC. She is to take over as substantive DG at the expiration of Engr. Aziz’s tenure on November 24th, 2023, the statement added.

Engr. Coker-Odusote comes on board with a proven track record in the ICT sector and her sterling performances in various positions of authority would come to bear as she steers the leadership of the NIMC, the statement added.


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