Citing the economic benefits of having a robust unified national identity card management, president of Dangote group, Aliko Dangote called on Nigerians to get enrolled in the on-going registration for National Identity cards being carried out by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The business mogul made the call just as the NIMC disclosed that it has enrolled till date 30 million Nigerians and that efforts are on to capture the entire population within the next three years. Dangote spoke when the management of the Commission visited him in his office in Lagos and presented him with his Identity slip as well as a draft report of the Strategic Roadmap for Developing Digital Identification in Nigeria.
He explained that the national identity management policy of the federal government is pivotal to the economic growth strategy being implemented by the government, saying key government services would be delivered efficiently and effectively when government knows the categories of Nigerians in need of such services.
According to him, critical government programmes relating to social safety net, education, financial inclusion, insurance cover as well as credible elections depend heavily on proper identification.
Dangote told the NIMC management to copy from the India with a larger population and which had also successfully carried out Digital Identification of all its citizens and that with collaboration with partners and adequate awareness campaign, the Commission can successfully accomplish the task of enrolling all Nigerians within the shortest possible time.
The business man commended the Commission management for its foresight in tapping into the Indian strategy and seeking collaborative efforts to carry out its assignment
Also, the director-general and chief executive officer of the Commission, Engr. Aliyu Aziz said the Commission is adopting an eco-system just as india to liberalise the enrolment process by licensing state and local governments, business organisations, bodies and agencies to enrol the citizens while the Commission only regulate their activities.
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