President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday called on Nigerians to fully participate in the ongoing synchronization of National Identification Number, NIN, with SIM cards across the country.
Buhari said such a step will provide a digital framework for improving security and strengthening the economy.
The president spoke while launching the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian Telecoms Sector and Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Cards registration in Abuja and was contained in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.
He said proper identification of all Nigerians and legal residents in the country and the ability to conveniently access a database will provide an impetus for more effective planning and security oversight.
“The NIN will cover one of the weaknesses in our security structure. We will be able to easily identify and know the personality of Nigerians. We will identify people easily, including the crooks,’’ he said.
The President said the launch of the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration was quite timely and will support efforts to enhance security and develop the economy.
“The National Identification Number is the foundational digital ID for the country; both Nigerian citizens and legal residents are expected to obtain the NIN. It will provide access to government services and will give government useful insights that will enable us to utilize scarce resources in a more efficient way,’’ he added.
President Buhari noted that the first National SIM Policy was launched in February 2020, and the revised policies were in full alignment with the objectives of the administration in the areas of economic development, security and anti-corruption.
“The Digital Economy sector has made significant progress and recorded a number of unprecedented achievements since we expanded the mandate of the Ministry of Communications to include the digital economy.