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Nigerians to be given a digital identity by 2026

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has directed and instituted a steering committee to drive the digital identification of Nigerians, the government has confirmed. 

According to Dr. Joe Abah via his Twitter handle, He confirmed that he had been appointed by the President to lead the committee to integrate other data held by the government including BVN, Driver’s License, passports and the National Identity Management Number and give every Nigerian a digital identity within the next five years. 

According to Nairametrics, the Nigerian government announced its push for the creation of a digital identity for the development ecosystem. The aim of the project is to facilitate the development and implementation of a digital identity in Nigeria.

The Digital identification drive will facilitate identity management in Nigeria and provide the government with data on Nigerians which would have been needed during the drive for palliatives for poor Nigerians during the pandemic and other areas of governance regarding data.

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