The Federal Government of Nigeria in support of enrolment of Digital Identity (ID) across the country has declared September 16 as National Identity Day.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Pantami, confirmed this in a statement signed by Mrs Uwa Suleiman, his spokesperson on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, in Abuja.
The Minister stressed the importance of digital identity in Nigeria and said that the ministry would do their best to support the enlistment of a digital identity programme in Nigeria.
Pantami further explained the importance of digital identity, saying that the programme would help in the development of digital economies in the country.
“The Sept. 16, has been declared as the National Identity Day. Following the approval of the Federal Government under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria also formally adopted September 16. as National Identity Day.
This year’s edition of the National Identity Day will take place virtually on the same date and will have the theme: Identity for Health, Sustainable Development and Growth.
“We will start by capturing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria and will also support the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and other stakeholders to ensure that we make the process of obtaining digital identities swift and secure.
“One of the key objectives of pillar 6 (Soft Infrastructure) of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) is support for the accelerated implementation of a Digital Identity Programme,” he said.
Pantami added that once there is a successful implementation of digital identity that it will help in the improvement of many sectors in Nigeria such as trade, governance, social protection, financial inclusion, domestic resource mobilisation, as well as security and human rights.