President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that the National Identification Number be used for voters’ authentication in subsequent elections.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, revealed this on Thursday while addressing a policy roundtable on identity at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.
The Vice president who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Ade Ipaye, said the President also directed that the National Identification number be used for registration of SIM cards, social welfare programmes and financial transactions.
“It is the president’s charge that a NIN is used to authenticate eligible voters in the nearest future as well as in the areas of access to health, insurance, registration of SIM cards, access to the social welfare programmes of the administration and for all financial transactions.
“The development of identity programmes in Nigeria will help the nation leverage on its potential to improve security of lives and property, advance service delivery and fight poverty and corruption. Achieving full scale national identity management will, therefore, boost our efforts and better tracking of the movement of people while minimizing issues with external border controls and terrorism.
“We have an opportunity here to change and transform our country and everyone has a role to play in the growth and development of our nation through digital identity.”
The President in accordance with Section 154(1) of the Nigerian constitution 1999, swore in six newly appointed commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Wednesday.
The newly sworn-in INEC commissioners who had been cleared and confirmed by the Senate are Ogunmola Ladipo, May Agbamuche, Abubakar Nahuche and Okechukwu Ibianu, Mohammed Haruna and Ahmad Muazu.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Mr. Ibianu speaking on behalf of the other new commissioners,thanked the president and Nigerians for ‘the challenging opportunity’ to serve the country.