FG Inaugurates Steering C’ttee For Nigeria ID4D World Bank Project

By Miriam Humbe

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, on Tuesday, inaugurated the newly constituted Steering Committee for the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development (ID4D) World Bank Project.

Director of Information in the OSGF, Segun Imohiosen revealed this in a news statement.

In his inaugural speech, Senator George Akume charged the Steering Committee to ensure that every Nigerian was enrolled on the digital identification system which would facilitate access to services, improve service delivery and bolster Nigeria’s digital economy.

The Steering Committee has the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume as Chairman and the Director-General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Abisoye Coker-Odusote as Secretary.

It also comprised of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, the Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun as members.

Sen. Akume, who was

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Dr. Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri, the SGF expressed the readiness of the Federal Government to expedite the implementation of the Strategic Roadmap for the project through the establishment of a three-tiered institutional framework.

The framework consists of a Steering Committee, Strategic Unit, and an Implementation Unit within the National Identity Management Commission.

He said these institutional frameworks were tasked with overall governance, coordination, and communication with ecosystem partners, and day-to-day project implementation.

He underscored the high premium the Tinubu-led administration placed on the digital identity with the recent reinforcement of the extant approval for the mandatory use of National Identification Number (NIN) for digital services and the issuance of service-wide circular from OSGF to this effect.

The Director-General/CEO of of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Secretary of the Steering Committee for the Nigeria Digital Identification Development, Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote assured that the establishment of the Steering Committee would herald a new era of collaboration, innovation, and progress in the collective efforts to harness the power of digital technology for socio-economic development, empowering individuals, and fostering inclusive growth.

She expressed appreciation for the readiness of the Steering Committee to
bring their wealth of expertise, insights, and dedication to bear in the execution of their mandates.

She added that their collective wisdom and guidance would be instrumental in shaping the strategic direction, policies, and frameworks necessary to ensure the successful implementation of this transformative project.

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