Trouble for Fraudsters as NIN Will make the Identity of Internet Users known to FG, Pantami Discloses
- Dr Isa Ali Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, has highlighted the benefits of NIN to the federal government
- According to Pantami, NIN will make the identities of internet consumers known to the federal government and other security agencies
- The minister stated further that this move is going to be the foundation of the nation’s economy and security
Paris, France- The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, disclosed that the National Identification Number (NIN) will enable the federal government and security agencies to know the identity of internet users in the country.
The Punch reports that the minister stated that NIN will be the foundation of the economy and the security of the country.
Pantami made this assertion during the Nigeria International Partnership Forum in Paris, France.
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“Some of these initiatives that happen to be the foundation of even our economy is the introduction of the national identification number. Nigeria has joined the global community by making the use of national identification numbers for both citizens and legal residents mandatory.
“This is going to be the foundation of our economy and also the foundation of our security that whoever happens to go online, his identity will be known by the federal government and also by our security institution.
“As it is today, the enrollment has been over 67 million and most importantly we are able to capture the most important category of people that come out to do businesses.”
The minister added that having NIN is a prerequisite to enjoying government services, adding that it will bring peace of mind to potential investors.
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He affirmed thus:
“So it becomes a prerequisite to enjoying government services and I believe this will bring more peace of mind to potential investors to know that the government has been doing something significant in that regard.”
FG says 180 million telephone lines linked with NIN
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that in what will surprise many people in the country, given its size, the executive vice-chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof Umar Danbatta, has revealed the number of telephone lines now linked with the National Identity Numbers (NIN).
According to him, over 180 million telephone lines are now linked. He disclosed on Tuesday, October 5, The Nation newspaper reports.
He said this following the capturing of over 60 million Nigerians by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in the National Identity Numbers (NIN) database.