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FG should promote digital verification of identity, says Aliyu

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The Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, has stated that the success of the digital identification programme in Nigeria depends on the safety and privacy of people’s information.

Besides, the safety and privacy factors, he noted, instills trust in the identification programme in the country, stressing that privacy and security of sensitive personal data need to be built by design, enshrined by law, managed by operational control and protected by technology.

Aziz, in an interview with The Guardian in Abuja, yesterday, said digital identification programme in Nigeria needs to be developed with an emphasis on low technology solutions capable of offering national scale and next generation technology solutions based on international standard.

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He advised that the federal government to promote digital verification of identity anytime and anywhere in the country to ensure that the programme has spread and use and ensure that the unique identification can be digitally verified anytime or anywhere in Nigeria.

The pivotal task before the federal government, he said, is to scale up enrollment of 185.9 million people in Nigeria, offering each a unique identification at low cost with great speed.

To achieve rapid enrollment in the national identity scheme, Aziz stated that NIMC considered a coordinated approach for enrollment, using the ecosystem of existing players, planning for universal coverage of identification and setting up foundations for linkage with civil registration.

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