The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has resumed duty at its new supervisory Ministry after its transfer from the Presidency, the Nigerian ID manager says on social media.
Technology Times reported exclusively last week that Engineer Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, Director-General of NIMC, sent a memo confirming the eventual transfer of the Federal ID agency of Nigeria to its new supervisor, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
NIMC announced via its official Twitter account that its Director-General/CEO has briefed the agency’s new supervisory Minister “on the activities of the Commission.”
The official Twitter account of the Ministry also posted a similar message that showed photos of the two men in the Minister’s office in Abuja.
The visit comes after Dr Isa Pantami, Communications and Digital Economy Minister, who recently announced the approval of the NIMC’s transfer by President Muhammadu Buhari, says the switch will advance the administration’s plans outlined in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS).
According to the Minster, NIMC, which was mandated to create, manage, maintain and operate the National Identity Database, and established by the NIMC Act, 2007, is crucial in the nation’s vision to grow a digital economy.
“In an effort to realise this, the commission has so far registered around 41 million eligible enrollees for the National Identity Number (NIN). The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the other hand has details of over 191 million mobile subscribers”, the Minister says.
“The NIN, considered as a social security as well as civil number, is very important for economic planning and social intervention. With federal government’s digitalization initiatives in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, access to services and interventions will require it”, according to Panatami.