Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has directed the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to shift its focus from producing plastic identify cards to the generation of digital identity numbers for all Nigerians.
The minister stated that digital ID was key to promoting a digital economy for a digital Nigeria.
He gave the marching orders on Tuesday while receiving briefing from the management of the commission, led by its Director General, Engr Aliyu Aziz Abubakar.
This followed the official handover of the commission to the supervisory authorities of the ministry.
Pantami reiterated the importance of the commission in the digital Nigeria project, asserting that broadband penetration, digital ID, smart lhones and virtual bank accounts were the key ingredients of a digital economy.
“We will work hard to ensure we bring NIMC back on track to deliver efficient services to Nigerians,” Dr Pantami said.