The Minister of Communications and the Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has made it known that anyone who goes online would be identified by the federal government through the use of the National Identification Number (NIN).
Speaking at Nigeria’s International Partnership Forum in Paris, intended to strengthen ties between Nigeria and France in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said NIN will ensure that the identity of citizens and legal residents accessing the internet is known.
“Some of these initiatives that are also the basis of our economy is the introduction of the national identification number. Nigeria has joined the global community by making the use of national identification numbers mandatory for both citizens and legal residents, ”he said.
“This will be the foundation of our economy and also the foundation of our security that anyone who goes online, their identity will be known by the federal government and also by our security institution.
“As in our 1999 constitution as amended section 14 (2) (b), that the primary responsibility of the government is the safety and security of its citizens, this is why President Muhammadu Buhari is very passionate about this and has pushed that we establish the foundation of our economy and the foundation of our security on the national identification number so that the identity of our citizens and legal residents is known,
“As it stands today, there have been over 67 million registrations and, above all, we are able to capture the most important category of people who go out to do business.”
“So it becomes a prerequisite for enjoying government services and I believe this will bring more peace of mind to potential investors knowing that the government has done something significant in this regard,” he said.
“The country has also recently launched and commissioned a national center for artificial intelligence and robotics that focuses more on research and development of innovative solutions in the field of security and now the center in collaboration with security institutions is in robot development phase and many others that will be deployed to make our country safe and sound “.