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FG to provide identification for all Nigerians in five years

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Federal Government plans to provide a lifelong unique identification for every individual physically residing in Nigeria, and Nigerians in Diaspora within the next five years.

The Director-General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, made the disclosure on Monday, while speaking at the fifth yearly meeting of the Identity for Africa (ID4Africa) Movement, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

With over 1,500 delegates in attendance, Aziz, and engineer, said for Nigeria to enhance governance, help its people out of poverty, restore growth, and participate in the digital economy, “we need a unique digital identification platform that is linked to functional ID registries for accessing services.”

In realisation of the demand to function in the digital economy for sustainable growth therefore, Aziz told the audience that Nigeria is executing a digital identity ecosystem project endorsed in September 2018, by the Federal Executive Council, the highest decision-making organ of government.