NAN reports that vice president, Yemi Osinbajo revealed this while addressing a policy roundtable on identity at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa where he was represented by Ade Ipaye who is the deputy chief of staff to the president.
The president directed that the National Identification Number be used to “access health insurance, registration of SIM cards, social welfare programmes of the administration and all financial transactions.”
“It is the president’s charge that a NIN is used to authenticate eligible voters in the nearest future as well as in the areas of access to health, insurance, registration of SIM cards, access to the social welfare programmes of the administration and for all financial transactions.
“The development of identity programmes in Nigeria will help the nation leverage on its potential to improve security of lives and property, advance service delivery and fight poverty and corruption.
“Achieving full scale national identity management will therefore boost our efforts and better tracking of the movement of people while minimising issues with external border controls and terrorism.
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“We have an opportunity here to change and transform our country and everyone has a role to play in the growth and development of our nation through digital identity.”
The vice president said it was a disappointment that the country had different but similar identification for separate government agencies which was a waste of resources.
He said people were subjected to rigorous registration when data could be harmonised.
He said there was “large benefit for integration of the identification programmes of government institutions which must be taken advantage of to get it right once and for all.”
“Therefore, we must embrace and harness the potential inherent in digital identity to build and develop our country.’’
He applauded the Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for commencing “a harmonised identity management system to ensure its completeness, accuracy, and integrity in national assets.”
“We will invest in smart infrastructure, platforms and services , digitise our records and classify them accordingly, review and upgrade the legal and regulatory framework as we notch up the digital talent that abound.
“It is time for Nigeria to also offer this unique identity to all its citizens.
“Nigeria as a global player and a developing nation must work towards leveraging digital identity as a reliable tool for uniquely identifying its citizenry and residents and accelerating socio- economic development.’’