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Nigeria marks National Identity Day with IDPs


By Blessing Olaifa, Abuja

The Federal Government has adopted the 16th of September as the International Identity Day, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami has said.

Dr Pantami said President Muhammadu Buhari gave approval for the day to be adopted as “the National Identity Day”.

” This year’s edition of the National Identity Day will take place virtually on the same date and will have the theme: Identity for Health, Sustainable Development and Growth ,” Dr Pantami added.

A statement signed by the Minister’s Media aide, Uwa Suleiman said the Minister used the occasion to remind Nigerians of the importance of Digital Identity.

Dr Pantami assured Nigerians that his ministry is developing the right policy environment to support enrolments for Digital IDs across the country.

Activities lined up to mark the day would start with capturing of “Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria and will also support the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and other stakeholders to ensure that we make the process of obtaining Digital IDs swift and secure”.

As the world and Nigeria mark the International Identity Day and National Identity Day, respectively, Dr Pantami urges Nigerians to support the development of the digital economy by embracing the use of digital identity, Mrs Suleiman said

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to ensuring that Nigeria derives the benefits of a functional digital ID system and calls on all stakeholders to support this process. Nigerians are encouraged to visit NIMC accredited centres soon for their Digital IDs, she added.

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