Over 100 million Nigerians issued National Identification Number by NIMC
As FG commissions 4366 Digital Economy Projects Over 100 million Nigerians have been issued the National Identification Number (NIN) by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Meanwhile, the Federal government has unveiled 4366 Digital Economy Projects executed under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
Speaking at the virtual commissioning of the projects yesterday, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy,Isa Ali Pantami observed that the NIMC Data base moved from 39 million of 13 years ago to over 100 million in less than three years.
Pantami stated that the amount spent in 13 years to register just 39 million Nigerians was mind blowing adding that no kobo has been given to NIMC for the registration since October 2020, as NIMC has been supported to carry out the task through Corporate Social Responsibilities of some Tech giants.
The minister noted that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an increase in salaries of NIMC staff by over 300 percent.
The minister noted that more than 95 of the projects have been commissioned and attained 100 percent completion.
Pantami who commissioned digital economy projects in Yobe, Oyo, Niger, Lagos, Bauchi, Enugu, and Abuja, also unveiled a Compendium of Achievements which documented a summary of unprecedented projects executed under his leadership from the 21st of August 2019-25th May 2023.
He observed that part of the achievements recorded in the sector includes the increment of the number of valid policies from 1 to 23, 4G coverage increased from 23% to 80.86% and 5G was also launched in Nigeria.
According to him, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector recorded unprecedented contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Nigerian economy; and recorded the best performance during the independent Ministerial mandates’ achievement review by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and KPMG.
The Minister also commissioned 10 logistics trucks for the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), which he said was purchased from the Internally generated revenue of the service.