Following the mandatory enrollment for the National Identity Number, NIN, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has reportedly stated that the National Identification Number will enable the Federal Government and security agencies to know the identity of Internet users in the country.
Pantami reportedly made this known during the Nigeria International Partnership Forum in Paris, France.
According to him, “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.”
He added, “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.”
He continued that, “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.”
He made it known, “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.”
He maintained, “Recently the country has also launched and commissioned a national centre for artificial intelligence and robotics that focuses more on research and coming up with innovative solutions in the area of security and now the centre in collaboration with security institutions is in the process of developing robots and many more that are going to be deployed to make our country safe and sound.”