MBA IDIKA KALU1, NWOGBAGA DAVID2 & NNAJI, FIDELIS4
The establishment of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) by Act No. 23 of 2007 to replace the defunct Directorate of National Civil Registration (DNCR) was aimed at reforming the identity sector in Nigeria and to provide a unified or centralized National Identity Database and secured means to irrefutably assert the identity of Nigerians which we saw as a veritable or rather key to nation building in Nigeria. But as of June 2016, only about 9.5million Nigerians had been captured into the National Identity Database (NIDB) and as of May 2016, only about above 1million National “e-ID” card had been produced and about 300,000 National e-ID cards collected. This propelled our search light on the challenges and prospects of NIMC in the light of modernization prism. Relying quantitatively on secondary data, this study reflected on the roles, challenges and prospects of NIMC in nation building and recommended integrated information system to realize a functional national identity for effective nation building.