- FG has announced Wednesday, September 16, as the National Identity Day
- Communication minister Isa Pantami urged Nigerians to enrol for the digital identity
- The minister also stated that the right policy environment has been developed to encourage interest from Nigerians
The federal government has declared Wednesday, September 16, as the National Identity Day and urged Nigerians to enrol for Digital Identity (ID).
Ministry of Communication made this announcement on Tuesday, September 15, in a statement signed by its spokesperson Uwa Suleiman.
Suleiman stated that the communication minister, Isa Pantami, emphasised the need for every Nigerian to be duly enrolled on the data of the ministry.
He said the federal government has made the right step in ensuring that the right policy environment was developed to encourage massive and stress-free registration.
He added that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria will also be captured by the process.
“The Sept. 16, has been declared as the National Identity Day. Following the approval of the federal government under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria also formally adopted 16.9 as the National Identity Day.
“This year’s edition of the National Identity Day will take place virtually on the same date and will have the theme: Identity for Health, Sustainable Development and Growth.
“We will start by capturing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria and will also support the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and other stakeholders to ensure that we make the process of obtaining digital identities swift and secure," Suleiman said.
The communication ministry said National Identity Day will hold virtually in order to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 infection.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend wrote a personal letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, acknowledging him as a competent administrator.
The letter and acknowledgement were the fallout of a successful ministerial retreat organised by Mustapha and held last week.
A statement by the presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, said the president in the letter personally signed by him, stated that he was ‘’very impressed’’ about the SGF’s performance at the retreat.
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