President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the transfer of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The approval for the transfer was based on the President’s consideration of the critical role of the NIMC towards the realisation of the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria.
Spokesperson to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Uwa Suleiman discloses this on Monday, 31 August 2020 in a statement entitled, “President Buhari approves the transfer of NIMC to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy”.
The communications ministry explained that the transfer will ensure that synergy and effective ministry supervisory mechanism are put in place to coordinate, monitor and track the progress of the Federal Government’s digital transformation initiatives.
The ministry said Mr President’s directive for NIMC to be under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is an illustration of Mr President’s vote of confidence on Dr Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.
The NIMC is mandated to create, manage, maintain and operate the national identity database established by the NIMC Act, 2007.
It further assured Nigerians as well as residents that appropriate measures will be put in place to ensure that all the agencies deliver on their respective mandates.