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President Buhari transfers NIMC to communication ministry

President Muhammadu Buhari has Approved the transfer of the the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC to the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy.

In a statement by the spokesperson to The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Mrs Uwa Suleiman said the move is in an effort to ensure that synergy and effective ministry supervisory mechanism is put in place to coordinate, monitor and track the progress of Federal Government’s digital transformation initiatives.

The statement also says the approval for the transfer was based on Mr President’s consideration for the critical role of NIMC towards the realisation of the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS).

The statement says the approval is hinged on the President’s confidence in the Ministry under the leadership of Dr Isa Pantami within his first year in office.

NIMC which is mandated to create, manage, maintain and operate the National Identity Database established by the NIMC Act, 2007 has so far registered around 41 million eligible enrollees for the National Identity Number (NIN) while the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the other hand has details of over 191 million mobile subscribers.

Olayemi Daniyan

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