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Isa Pantami: National Identity Number Will Be Made Compulsory Soon

Isa Pantami: National Identity Number Will Be Made
Compulsory Soon
The Federal Government, through the Ministry of
Communications and Digital Economy, has revealed that
the National Identity Number (NIN) will soon be made
mandatory for Citizens for accessing government services
and interventions.
Minister in charge of the ministry, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim
(Pantami), said this when he received a briefing from the
Management team of the National Identity Management
Commission (NIMC) on their activities following the final
transfer of the supervision of the commission to the
ministry on the 7th October 2020.
He called on the commission to ensure a 500% increase in
the number of monthly Citizens’ Digital Identity Enrolments-
up from the current 500,000 monthly enrolments to
2.5million monthly enrolments.
The minister, however commended the Director-General of
NIMC, Engr Aliyu A. Aziz, for his commitment, noting that
there has been a considerable increase in enrolments since
he became the Chief Executive Officer of NIMC but
maintained that there is still a need to raise the bar even
higher.
He said “This is imperative because the National Identity
Number (NIN) will soon be made mandatory for accessing
government services and interventions.”
He assured the NIMC team that he will do all he can, to
address the challenges, especially those of funding, being
faced by the commission.
According to his Spokesperson, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, the
minister also stated that he is “committed to ensuring that
citizens easily obtain secure digital identity” and urged
them to “enroll as soon as possible.”
He noted that “Digital Identity is one of the key
requirements of any digital economy and it is captured
under Pillar #6 of the National Digital Economy Policy and
Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria.”

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