President Muhammadu Buhari’s government announced a decision to move the National Identity Management Commission to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, claimed that the creation of the Digital Number model would give priority to replacing the National Identification Card.
Pantami said this during an interview with PRNigeria ‘s Economic Confidential.
Pantami reported that the contribution of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) increased during the second quarter of 2020.
The Minister said that broadband penetration increased dramatically from just over 30 percent to more than 42 percent in the last year.
“Any country where broadband penetration rises by 10% would see GDP growth of between 1.6% and 6.8%. The digital economy is indeed the future, and it is all about prioritizing digital innovation and digital entrepreneurship.
The Minister also claimed that when the digital number becomes a new national identity, Nigerians will be able to access the related services provided by government agencies and private institutions.
“The new solution is the digital number and not the card. The number will be in the country database and will be connected to the passport of the individual, the driver’s license, among others.
“If a person wishes to have access to some kind of service, it will be via the digital number given. There is no point in encouraging the digital economy because people are going out with money. It’s meant to be optional, “Pantami added.