The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami, says Nigeria can achieve 100 percent enrolment in the next 24 months.
He stated this on Friday while speaking at the 4th Identity Day Commemoration held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
Pantami who underlined some of the benefits of the integration exercise said Nigeria can encourage its citizens to embrace enrolment to ensure that the remaining population that has not enrolled is fully covered.
He further said that traditional rulers and other traditional institutions in Nigeria have critical roles to play in mediating, stimulating, mobilizing, and rallying Nigerians, in the rural, semi-urban, and even urban areas, to embrace enrolment to obtain their NIN.
“While traditional rulers and our monarchs are the custodians of the traditional institutions in the homelands, all of us who are in the cities are from one rural area, one community or the other; and, our respect for our traditional rulers remains unshakeable, Pantami said.
In his welcome address, the Director-General /Chief Executive Officer, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz said that with the transfer of NIMC to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the fortunes of the Commission grew even better and stronger.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the support he has granted to the commission throughout the lifespan of his administration.
“The support of Mr. President to NIMC goes to show the importance he places on digital identity,” he said.
The NIMC DG also thanked Prof Pantami whom he said has been at the forefront of spearheading the commission’s programmes.
The event was themed ‘Traditional Institution as Critical Stakeholders for Citizens Mobilisation’.
It was attended by various stakeholders, such as the National Population Commission, Minister of the FCT, Economic and Financial Crime Commission, and Galaxy backbone among others.