Let me begin by congratulating the Nigerian Economic Summit Group for acting very fast on our recommendations to the government. During a NES session which I coordinated with support from Jude Ayoka, ADERINOLA OLORUNTOYE and Segla Segla, along with dozens of our fellow citizens, we maintained that for e-Nigeria to happen, the citizen identification process must evolve fast. In the brief, it was emphatic: the government needs to depend on the private sector to do this job while it stays as a super-collator, making sure the ordinance is healthy: move the 2 weeks to 6 months for compliance.
Nigeria has responded: “The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given telecommunications operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile and others) in the country two weeks to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), the Commission has said in a statement.”
In our session, we maintained that instead of the government looking for money to fund NIMC, the identity agency, it can accomplish more via the private sector, even as it compensates the companies, via benefits, for assisting the government. It would not be hard for banks and telcos to be designated as conduits to help ramp up NIN (national ID number) adoption to 90% within three years.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given telecommunications operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile and others) in the country two weeks to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), the Commission has said in a statement.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) December 15, 2020
Nigeria needs to increase the two weeks to at least 6 months as it is too short. But engaging the banks and telcos as “super-agents for NIN registration” are paths we think the nation has to follow.
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