Federal Government Inaugurates Nigeria Digital Identification For Development Project Ecosystem Steering Committee

…. As NIMC DG Emphasizes the importance of Digital Identity in Socio-economic Development

The Federal Government of Nigeria is elated to announce the official inauguration of the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development Project Ecosystem Steering Committee.

According to a press release on Tuesday,19th March 2024 signed by the NIMC Head of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke, said that the inauguration of the steering Committee held at the conference room of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) Abuja, by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, signifies a pivotal step in Nigeria’s commitment to achieving digital transformation and fostering inclusive development across the nation.

The Steering Committee is poised to guide the strategic direction of the Nigeria Digital ID4D Project. The project’s vision is to establish a secure and verifiable digital identity for every Nigerian, thereby enhancing service delivery, and governance, and creating opportunities for growth in the digital economy.

The SGF, Senator George Akume, in his inaugural speech, underscores the immense potential of the Nigeria Digital ID4D Project to revolutionize identification and access to services. He emphasizes the need to address challenges related to data privacy, accessibility, and citizen engagement to ensure the project’s success. The Nigeria Digital ID4D project holds immense promise in revolutionizing identification and access to services, he said.

The DG/CEO NIMC, Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote, in her welcome address, highlights the importance of digital identity in driving socio-economic development and empowering the citizens. She expresses confidence in the project’s transformative impact and looking forward to the Steering Committee’s collective efforts. Engr. Coker emphasizes that the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development Program represents a bold and ambitious initiative aimed at leveraging digital technologies to enhance service delivery, improve governance, and unlock opportunities for our citizens.

The Steering Committee’s mandate extends beyond policy formulation to fostering a collaborative governance structure that will oversee the project’s implementation. The Committee is tasked with ensuring that the project aligns with international best practices and respects the privacy and rights of all Nigerians.

Engr. Coker-Odusote appreciates all stakeholders for their unwavering support and commitment to this national endeavour. She says the Commission looks forward to working closely with the Steering Committee and all partners to realize the vision of a digitally empowered Nigeria.

The Nigeria Digital Identification for Development Project Steering Committee members include; the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Chairman), Honourable Minister of Finance, Honourable Minister of Budget and National Planning, Honourable Minister of Health, Honourable Minister of Education, Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, and the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Identity Management Commission (Secretary), amongst others.