Prof Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has urged security agencies to use the database for the National Identification Number and the Subscriber Identity Module to combat insecurity in Nigeria.
On Friday, the Minister made this appeal at the Fourth National Identity Day celebration in Abuja.
He bemoaned the country’s security forces’ poor use of the database.
“We are pleading with our security institutions to use this database,” Pantami said. It is not our responsibility to provide security. Our role is to assist them. The NIN and SIM databases are both available. However, based on the information at my disposal, the utilization has been minimal.”
Aliyu Aziz, Director General of the National Identity Management Commission, also spoke at the event, emphasizing the importance of an effective identification system.
“Identification is a tool for empowerment,” he said, adding that increased use of digital ID can help bring about much-needed governance and coordination in development and service delivery.
Aziz also stated that the NIMC was collaborating with traditional rulers and traditional institutions across the country to raise awareness about the importance of NIN registration and usage.
He also stated that NIMC had over 15,000 enrolment centres and over 29,000 enrolment devices spread across the country.
Aziz went on to say that NIMC had diaspora enrollment centres in over 40 countries, with more centres and countries set to open in the coming months.