FG inaugurates Committee on Digital Identity Development

FG inaugurates Committee on Digital Identity Development

The Federal Government has inaugurated the Digital Identity Ecosystem Steering Committee. The inauguration was done earlier today by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Inaugurating the Committee, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Team, said Digital Identification is central and critical to realising the objective of the Government’s Economic and Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP).

The work of the Steering Committee shall be guided by the following Terms of Reference as approved by Mr. President:

  1.  Review the legal and regulatory framework for digital identity development;
  2. Implement the strategic Roadmap;
  3. Utilise foundational identity to access services;
  4. Determine the location of the Ecosystem Strategic Unit; and
  5. Receive the report on the implementation through the DG NIMC and provide necessary guidance and approval.

The Digital Identity for Development Ecosystem Project is to fast-track the  implementation of the Strategic Roadmap for accelerating Digital ID development for Nigeria.

The SGF, stated that the Steering Committee was established as the highest body with the responsibility of providing policy, institutional and operational guidance towards delivering on the identification vision and promise of the Strategic Roadmap.

The SGF listed members of the Steering Committee, approved by President Buhari, as follows: SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman; Hon. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Alternate Chairman/Member; Hon.Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (HAGF)Abubakar Malami, SAN.

Hon. Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, Member; Hon. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Member; Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Member; Hon. Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, Member; Director General, National Orientation Agency, Dr. Garba Abari, Member and the Director General of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, who is a Member and also the Secretary.

The task before this Committee is to ensure that Federal Government of Nigeria leverages the existing ecosystem of Government Agencies, States, and trusted private partners to carry out nationwide enrolment through a viable partnership strategy with an effective public awareness campaign.

The SGF added that discussions, contributions, and decisions of the Committee are expected to help build foundations towards the institutionalisation of a robust and reliable system of identity envisioned to link all functional identities including a digitised civil registration system with
the (NIN).

The Commission wishes to thank Mr President for approving the acceleration of the digital identity and ensuring that all Nigerians are enrolled and issued the National Identification Number (NIN).

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