International Identity Day 2020: Pantami recommends digital identity for Nigerians

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Nigeria has formally adopted the 16th of September (16.9) as its National Identity Day  following the approval of the Federal Government in commemoration of the International Identity Day.

In a press release made available to Nigerian NewsDirect on September 14th, signed by the Spokesperson to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman.

She disclosed that 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”

The statement reads in full:

“The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami uses this occasion to remind Nigerians of the importance of Digital Identity.  He also assures Nigerians that the Ministry is developing the right policy environment to support enrollments for Digital IDs across the country.  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 IDs 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.  The importance of a digital identity programme to the successful development of a digital economy cannot be overstated.  Digital Identity plays a critical part in the development of a digital economy is also called the fabric of the digital economy.

“The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa rightly noted that (Digital Identity and the digital economy are not only linked, but are also, reinforcing, as digital ID is the basis for digital economy platforms. Digital identification can be an important catalyst for various development initiatives in the continent, impacting on trade, governance, social protection, financial inclusion, domestic resource mobilization, as well as security and human rights).

“As the world and Nigeria mark the International Identity Day and National Identity Day, respectively, Dr Pantami urges Nigerians to support the development of the digital economy by embracing the use of digital identity. The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to ensuring that Nigeria derives the benefits of a functional digital ID system and calls on all stakeholders to support this process. Nigerians are encouraged to visit NIMC accredited centres soon for their Digital ID”, the statement concluded.