Isa Pantami, The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has announced the most recent development of his ministry which involves the concept of Digital Number which would now be prioritized to replace the National Identity Card (NIMC)
He disclosed this in an interview with PRNigeria’s Economic Confidential.
Pantami also confirmed that the contribution of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased in the second quarter of 2020.
“Any country where broadband penetration increases by 10 percent will witness GDP increase of between 1.6 percent and 6.8 percent. Digital economy indeed is the future, and it is all about prioritizing digital innovation and digital entrepreneurship.”
“The new approach is the digital number, not the card. The number will be in the country’s database and linked to the person’s passport, driver’s license, among others.
“If an individual wants to access any kind of service, it will be through the digital number provided. There is no point promoting the digital economy and people are going out with cards. It should be optional”
He finally explained that when the digital number becomes the new national identity, Nigerians will be able to access relevant services offered by government agencies and private institutions.