The Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated its determination to provide unique identification for every individual residing in Nigeria, and Nigerians in the Diaspora, within the next five years.
The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Aziz, made this declaration while addressing an audience at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Identity for Africa movement in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Speaking to over 1,500 delegates at the ‘Identity for Development’ gathering, Aziz stated that for Nigeria to enhance governance, help people rise out of poverty, restore growth and participate in the digital economy, “We need a unique digital identification platform that is linked to functional ID registries for accessing services.”
In acknowledgement of the demands to function in the digital economy for sustainable growth, Aziz told the audience that Nigeria has started executing a digital identity ecosystem project that was endorsed in September 2018 by the Federal Executive Council.
In his paper entitled: ‘Digital Identity, the Cornerstone to Effective Service Delivery,’ Aziz revealed that the vision was to reach universal coverage of digital identification in Nigeria by applying the ecosystem approach of enrolling citizens of all ages and legal residents within the set timeframe.
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