President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and some Nigerians new appointments.
This newspaper reports that the President has appointed them into a steering committee for the Nigeria Digital Identity for Development Ecosystem project.
The committee, which is headed by SGF Mustapha, is to speed up the implementation of the strategic roadmap for accelerating digital identity development for Nigeria. The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, serves as the secretary;
Other members of the committee include Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.
President Buhari also appointed the Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Garba Abari; National Security Adviser; CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele; Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs; Chairman, National Population Commission, and private sector representatives – Joe Abah, Country Director of DAI; and Auwal Musa of CISLAC.
Speaking on the task before the committee, Mustapha said digital identification is central and critical to realising the objective of the government’s Economic and Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP).
He said: “The strategic roadmap, approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on September 12, 2018 is a culmination of the enormous collective efforts and contributions of so many institutions and stakeholders, which began in the year 2015, when this Government took a decision to forge a credible and cost-effective pathway for identification management.”
“To accelerate the implementation of the Strategic Roadmap, therefore, Government considered and adopted a three-tiered institutional arrangement comprising of a Steering Committee, a Strategic Unit, an Implementation Unit situated in the NIMC, and with responsibilities for providing overall governance and coordination, ecosystem partners’ coordination and communication and day-to-day project implementation respectively.”