- President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, May 6 launched two new policies by his administration
- The first is the national policy for the promotion of indigenous content in the Nigerian telecoms sector
- The second is the revised national identity policy for SIM cards registration
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, May 6 received his National Identity Number, NIN card from the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
The president received the card 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 held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking at the event, President Buhari said the objectives of his administration in the areas of security, economic development and anti-corruption aligns with the policies initiated by the ministry of communications and digital economy.
A copy of the president's statement seen by Legit.ng quoted him as saying:
“The policies being launched today are in full alignment with the objectives of this administration in the areas of security, economic development and anti-corruption.
“The digital economy sector has made significant progress and recorded a number of unprecedented achievements since we expanded the mandate of the ministry of communications to include the digital economy mandate.
“We are also pleased with the way that the digital economy sector provided online options for activities that were hitherto restricted to offline channels.
“The launch of the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration is quite timely and will support our efforts to enhance security and develop our 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 the government useful insights that will enable us to utilise scarce resources in a more efficient way.”
The president noted that previous attempts to promote the use of digital identity in the past were futile due to a number of reasons, including sabotage.
He noted that his administration is fully committed to the safety of Nigerians linking their SIM to NIN, adding that it will significantly enhance security, aid in national planning and budget preparations.
The president also directed the minister to coordinate the multi-stakeholder implementation of both policies, even as he urged all stakeholders to ensure compliance.
Meanwhile, the federal government has proposed a reduction of workers' salaries as a way of reducing the high cost of governance in the country.
This was disclosed by the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, on Tuesday, May 4 at an event organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.
She said President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to review the salaries of civil servants as well as the number of federal agencies.
Recall that a Singaporean non-profit group, Chandler Good Government Index, CGGI ranked Nigeria as the third-worst governed country in the world.
The report ranked Nigeria very low in governance, leadership, and foresight, scoring the country 102 out of 104 countries with a score of 0.319 points.