President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the transfer of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The development, according to the ministry, was to ensure that synergy and effective ministry supervisory mechanism was put in place to coordinate, monitor and track the progress of Federal Government’s digital transformation initiatives.
A press release signed by the Spokesperson to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Uwa Suleiman, said the approval for the transfer was based on President Buhari’s consideration of the critical role of NIMC towards the realisation of the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS).
Suleiman further stated that, the President’s directives for NIMC to be under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy was an illustration of his vote of confidence in Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, based on an unprecedented performance.
According to the spokesoerson, the minister had, within his first year in office, among others, resolved the ICT sector’s decade-long dilemma of Right of Way charges.
She added that the Minister was also able to secure the President’s approval for the provision of security as well as designation of Telecommunications Infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure, regularization of improperly registered SIM cards and deactivation of unregistered ones, the deployment of over 250 digital projects across the country under his policies and supervision as well as built the capacity of over 36,000 Nigerians.