Digital Identity Number: Federal Government Bearing The Cost Of The Registration Process

…….Says it is completely free, at no cost to Nigerians

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami has said that the National Identity Number is completely free, at no cost to Nigerians.

This is in response to the allegations that some applicants for the Digital Identity Number are being asked to pay for the service.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Federal Government is bearing the cost of the registration process according to a press release signed by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Femi Adeluyi.

“The Digital Identity Number is completely free for all Nigerians and legal residents with Resident Permit from the Nigeria Immigration Service. The Digital Identity Number is the right of every citizen, based on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Act 2007, Dr. Adeluyi said

Dr. Pantami has directed the Director-General of (NIMC) to investigate these allegations with a view to bringing the perpetrators, if any, to book. The Director-General will also provide a platform for such allegations to be reported.

“On behalf of the Federal Government, the Minister wishes to commend the Management and Staff of NIMC who have carried out their assignment conscientiously during, and even outside, working hours.

“Your sacrifice is appreciated. The Minister is working daily to ensure the conditions of service and welfare of the staff are favourable, Dr. Adeluyi said.

“The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to creating an enabling environment for all Nigerians and legal residents to obtain their Digital Identity Number, the statement concluded.

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