By Ibiyemi Mathew, Ogaga Ariemu, Abuja
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has reiterated that Digital Identity Number is completely free, at no cost to Nigerians.
This was disclosed to Nigerian NewsDirect Newspaper in a statement released by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi during the weekend.
The statement reads: “It has been brought to the attention of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, that some applicants for the Digital Identity Number alleged that they are being asked to pay for the service.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Federal Government is bearing the cost of the registration process. As such, the Digital Identity Number is completely free for all Nigerians and legal residents with Resident Permit from the Nigeria Immigration Service. The Digital Identity Number is the right of every citizen, based on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Act 2007.
“The Honourable Minister has directed the Director-General of (NIMC) to investigate these allegations with a view to bringing the perpetrators, if any, to book. The Director-General will also provide a platform for such allegations to be reported.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, the Honourable Minister wishes to commend the Management and Staff of NIMC who have carried out their assignment conscientiously during, and even outside, working hours. Your sacrifice is appreciated.
“The Honourable Minister is working daily to ensure the conditions of service and welfare of the staff are favourable.
“The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to creating an enabling environment for all Nigerians and legal residents to obtain their Digital Identity Number”, he stated.