President Muhammadu Buhari has been handed his national identity card, the government authorised document carrying his National Identity Number NIN.
The president was presented his card by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, as he launched the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector and the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration at Aso Rock today.Likewise, Pantami presented the new improved NIN slip to top officials of the Government – the Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, and others.
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In his speech during the event, the President called on Nigerians to fully participate in the ongoing synchronisation of the National Identification Number (NIN) with SIM cards across the country as it will provide a digital framework for improving security and strengthening of the economy. According to him, proper identification of all Nigerians and legal residents in the country and the ability to conveniently access a database will provide the impetus for more effective planning and security oversight. “The NIN will cover one of the weaknesses in our security structure. We will be able to easily identify and know the personality of Nigerians. We will identify people easily, including the crooks”, he said.
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The President said the launch of the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM card registration was quite timely and will support efforts to enhance security and develop the economy. “The National Identification Number is the foundational digital ID for the country; both Nigerian citizens and legal residents are expected to obtain the NIN. It will provide access to government services and will give government useful insights that will enable us to utilize scarce resources in a more efficient way”, he added.
President @MBuhari receives his NIN Identity Card from Minister of @FMoCDENigeria, @DrIsaPantami during the Launch of the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector & Revised National Identity Policy for Sim Card Registration pic.twitter.com/WknWiazzmc
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) May 6, 2021