FG assures IDP camps of Digital IDs

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By Ibiyemi Mathew

The Honourable minister of Communications and Digital economy has assured that the federal government will provide Digital identification to persons living in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps.

The minister disclosed this at the inauguration of the ministerial committee on palliatives in Abuja.

Pantami stressed that the importance of a digital identity programme for the successful development of a digital economy cannot be overstated.

According to Pantami, “In each and every state we have IDPs,this is my first major discovery with Borno state having the largest and Ondo state having the lowest.

“Usually to provide any form of intervention, government uses a bank account, drivers license or passport but we realized that people in IDP camps don’t have an official form of identification.

“It will become our top priority to provide digital ID to each and every person living in IDP camps and this will simplify how government will provide any form of intervention.

“This will form part of the palliatives to be given by NIMC where we will immediately embark on providing digital ID to all citizens in our IDP camps.”

The Director General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr.Aliyu Aziz Abubakar also assured that digital identity is for all.

He further identified digital identity as the basis for the realization of a digital economy platforms in line with the objectives of pillar 6 (Soft Infrastructure) of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS).