Abubakar Malami
Abubakar Malami
 FG to Enhance Legal Framework for Digital Identity
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to review the legal and regulatory framework with a view to accelerate implementation by Nigeria’s digital identity for development project.

The Special Assistant to the  Minister on Media, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, made this known in a statement issued on Friday 5th day of June, 2020.

According to the statement, Malami made the remarks on Friday shortly after attending the inaugural meeting of the Project Ecosystem
Steering Committee (PESC) of the Nigeria Digital Identity Development Project System, chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,Boss Mustapha.

Malami said the Committee is saddled with the responsibilities of reviewing the legal and regulatory framework for digital identity
development, implementation of the Strategic Roadmap, utilizing foundational identity to access services, determining the location of
the Ecosystem Strategic Unit as well as receiving report on the implementation through the Director General of the National Identity Management Commission and provide necessary guidance and approval
thereof.

Appointed by President Muhamamdu Buhari, members of the Committee included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha as the chair, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice;  Abubakar Malami, SAN, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Hajiya Zainab Ahmed Shamsuna, Minister of Education; Malam Adamu Adamu,
Minister of Interior; Ra’uf Aregbesola, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isah Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

Other Members of the Committee are Director General, National Orientation Agency and the Director General of the National Identity Management Commission,  who serves as the Secretary to the Committee.

Malami said the Committee was established for the purpose of providing policy, institutional and operational guide in the process of implementing the Federal Executive Council approved Strategic Roadmap for accelerating digital identity development for Nigeria.

In his address at the  inaugural meeting, the Chairman of the Committee and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha charging Members noted that the committee is timely in view of the need to considerably reduce a number of challenges faced in identifying and locating poor and vulnerable Nigerians in the distribution of palliatives to cushion the effect of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The task before this Committee is to ensure that Federal Government of Nigeria leverages the existing ecosystem of Government Agencies, States and trusted private sector partners to carry out nationwide enrolment through a viable partnership strategy with an effective public awareness campaign,” he said.

Modupe Ogundoro

Deputy Director ( Information )