BY CHIBUZOR EMEJOR,
Federal Government has approved the sum of $443million for National Identity Management Commission [NIMC] for the provision of National Identity Number [NIN] or identification cards for Nigerians for the period of three years.
This was revealed on Thursday in a communiqué issued at the end of three-day eNigeria International Conference and Exhibition organised by National Information Technology Development Agency [NITDA] in Abuja.
The communiqué noted that NIMC currently has 32.7million records of Nigerian citizens in its data base and has been working assiduously to ensure that all Nigerians have National Identity Numbers.
Stakeholders at the event commended NITDA on its good work of establishing incubation centres and hubs, adding that the Agency should extend it to the tertiary institutions of learning across the country.
They called on NITDA to collaborate with Independent National Electoral Commission to mandate all registered political parties in Nigeria to automate their membership registration process and data base to guarantee free and fair elections in 2019.
The participants also called for the automation of the Nigerian procurement processes in a bid to curb corruption in the country.
The communiqué further called on the Federal Government to speed up the deployment of affordable quality broadband networks to strengthen the competitiveness and growth of Small and Medium Enterprises [SMEs] and accelerate the development of a trust system for digital authentication and identification, adding that other relevant agencies should ensure that all custodians of data should focus on production and privacy.
The Federal Government was also urged to encourage the State and local governments to pay priority attention to the development of ICT in these two tiers of government.
According to the communiqué, “To accelerate digital promotion, NITDA should encourage states to implement various digital inclusion policies and create massive awareness on the benefits of digital transformation.”