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Nigeria Plans Mandatory Identification Number Regime, Says Communications Minister

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister says that the West African country will soon make the National Identity Number (NIN) mandatory for its citizens, especially for those who plan to access government services.

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami announced that he had received a briefing from the management team of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), following the final transfer of the supervision of the NIMC to the Ministry on October 7.

Ibrahim directed the commission to increase its current monthly enrollments from 500,000 to 2.5 million. He commended the Director-General of NIMC Aliyu Aziz for his work but said that monthly enrollments need to increase.

Mr Ibrahim said that the NIMC team will do everything possible to address the challenges facing the commission. He reiterated his commitment to ensuring that all citizens can easily obtain a secure digital identity.

“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,” he said.

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