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Pantami To NIMC: Target 500% Increase In Monthly Citizens’ Digital Identity Enrolments

– IT Edge News

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 19 October 2020

As Nigeria edges closer to mandatory use of its National Identity Number (NIN) scheme, the country’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has ordered a significant increase in the program’s enrolment

ITEdgeNews reports that while Nigeria’s identity management agency faces a lack of funding and is set up to field complaints and criticism from citizens, the government has highlighted that the NIN will be crucial in further developing its digital economy.

“Pantami has charged the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to target 500% increase in the number of monthly Citizens’ Digital Identity Enrolments from the current 500,000 to 2.5 million in every month. Pantami said this has become imperative as the National Identity Number (NIN) will soon be made mandatory for accessing government services and interventions.”

ITEdgeNews notes that NIN numbers are already required to obtain passports, open bank accounts, or register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) undergraduate exams.

While commending the Director General of NIMC, Mr. Aliyu Aziz, for his commitment that has translated into considerable increase in enrolments since he became the CEO of NIMC, the minister noted that it was still strategic to raise the bar even higher by ensuring that the enrolment rate is five times the existing level

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