The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has re-emphasized that the Digital Identify Number is completely free hence no Nigerian should be charged for it.
The Minister was reacting to allegations in some quarters that some applicants for the Digital Identity Number are being asked to pay for the service.
For the avoidance of doubt, Dr. Pantami said “the Federal Government is bearing the cost of the registration process”.
As such, the Digital Identity Number is completely free for all Nigerians and legal residents with Resident Permit from the Nigeria Immigration Service.
“The Digital Identity Number is the right of every citizen, based on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Act 2007”, the Minister re-echoed in a statement signed by his Technical Assistant (Information Technology), Dr Femi Adeluyi.
“The Minister has directed the Director-General of (NIMC) to investigate these allegations with a view to bringing the perpetrators, if any, to book.
“The Director-General will also provide a platform for such allegations to be reported.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, the Honourable Minister wishes to commend the Management and Staff of NIMC who have carried out their assignment conscientiously during, and even outside, working hours. Your sacrifice is appreciated”, the statement reads.
TechEconomy.ng gathered that the Minister is working daily to ensure the conditions of service and welfare of the staff are favourable.
“The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to creating an enabling environment for all Nigerians and legal residents to obtain their Digital Identity Number”, Dr. Pantami said.