National Identification’ll Make Nigeria Globally Competitive – SFG


SECRETARY to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, yesterday, said the ongoing enrolment exercise for the National Identification Number, NIN, will make Nigeria globally competitive.

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Anyim spoke at the first national identification management summit for local government areas, organized by the National Identification Commission, NIMC in Abuja.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary for Special Duties, Dr. Jamila Shuara, the SGF said the summit was considered necessary for 774 local government areas in the country as grass root government, in view of several failed attempts by the successive governments in the past to establish harmonized and reliable system of citizen identification in the country.

While noting that this resulted in the general apathy towards citizen’s participation, hence the need for a renewed awareness and general mobilization especially at the LGA levels, Anyim said the Federal Government considered the national identity number important in view of dynamics and sophisticated information society the world is into.

He said: “The NIN is important to government in view of the current trends in globalization, sophisticated information and communication technologies and a competitive environment. Nigeria as a major player must key into a credible identity management scheme as a reliable modern tool for accelerating socio-economic development.

“I am aware that NIMC has commenced partnership with the association of local government organization of Nigeria to share the importance and benefits of its unique mandate. This is in view of the critical role and influence of local governments as the closest political link to the vast majority of the Nigerian people.”

Director General of the Commission, Barr. Chris Onyemenam, said the new identity system, when completed would offer the country a reliable and sustainable system of national identity management that enable citizens resident to assert their identity and help government tackle the security challenges currently facing the country.

He added that apart from offering Nigeria a unified and harmonious identity data system, the NIN would serve as a payment platform both at home and abroad, having passed through the international quality standard measures.”

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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