Buhari seeks to create digital ID for all Nigerians
Buhari sets up committee to create digital id for all Nigerians, to integrate data like BVN, Driver’s License, passports & National Identity Management Number
President Muhammadu Buhari has set a steering committee to drive the digital identification of Nigerians.
The committee will be chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
A member of the committee, Dr. Joe Abah, confirmed the development on his Twitter handle.
He added that the committee would seek to integrate other data held by the government including BVN, Driver’s License, passports and the National Identity Management Number.
Last month, the government announced its push for the creation of a digital identity for development ecosystem. The aim of the project is to facilitate the development and implementation of a digital identity in Nigeria.
Mr President has appointed me into the Steering Committee to drive digital identification, chaired by the SGF. Our task is to give all Nigerians a digital identity within 5 years. We will integrate other data that govt holds, like BVN, drivers licence & passports, with NIMC’s NIN
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) July 17, 2020
Digital id for all Nigerians?
SGF, Boss Mustapha said the project, which was earlier approved by the FEC in 2018, is a compounding effort of collective works by government institutions and stakeholders since 2015, as Nigeria seeks to find a cost effective way to digital identity management.
He added that the government merged a “three tier institutional arrangement” made up of a strategic unit, a steering committee, and a unit for implementation in the National Identity management Commission (NIMC), which will provide coordination and governance, working with stakeholders to implement a digital identification strategy.
The Digital identification drive will facilitate identity management in Nigeria and provide the government with data on Nigerians which would have been needed during the drive for palliatives for poor Nigerians during the pandemic and other areas of governance regarding data.