Isa Pantami: National ID number will become mandatory soon
The federal government, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, announced that the National Identification Number (NIN) will soon become mandatory for citizens to access government services and interventions.
The minister in charge of the ministry, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), said when he received a briefing from the leadership of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on their activities following the final transfer of oversight of the commission to the ministry by October 7, 2020.
He called on the commission to ensure a 500% increase in citizens’ monthly digital identity subscriptions from the current 500,000 monthly subscriptions to 2.5 million monthly subscriptions.
The minister, however, thanked NIMC CEO Ingres Aliya A. Aziz for his efforts, noting that the membership has increased significantly since he became NIMC CEO, but said there is still a need to raise the bar even higher.
He said: “This is necessary because the National Identification Number (NIN) will soon become mandatory for accessing government services and interventions.”
He assured the NIMC team that they will do everything in their power to resolve the problems, especially funding, that the commission is facing.
According to his spokesman, Ms Uva Suleiman, the minister also stated that he was “committed to making it easy for citizens to obtain secure digital identities” and urged them to “register as soon as possible”.
He noted that “digital identity is one of the key requirements of any digital economy and is included in pillar 6 of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for digital Nigeria.”
Source: – Daily Post