The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, has approved the licensing of 173 private sector Agents and 30 State Governments/Public Sector Institutions to conduct enrollment of Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database, NIDB, on behalf of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC.
The Director-General/Chief Executive of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, who disclosed this in Abuja, that the licensed agents that the approval was made after the agents successfully fulfilled all the conditions in the advertised Expression of Interest which was done in 2019 as a first step towards the take off the National Digital Identity Ecosystem project.
According to him, a breakdown of the successful licensees shows that 16 state governments were licensed, including Abia, Akwa Ibom, Gombe, Lagos, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Oyo, Ogun, Sokoto and Zamfara states.
Prominent among the public sector institutions licensed are the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, National Pension Commission, Central Bank of Nigeria National Population Commission, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent National Electoral Commission, Joint Tax Board and Nigeria Postal Services.
Gistongist gathered that the NIMC boss said the licensing of enrollment agents was in line with the Federal Government’s strategy to scale up enrollment and issuance of the National Identification Number, NIN, to Nigerians and legal residents, thereby liberalizing the enrollment process and opening up the sector for multiple players.