Buhari orders use of national identification number for voters’ authentication

Vice President, Yemu Osinbajo on Thursday revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that the National Identification Number be used for voters’ authentication in subsequent elections.

Osinbajo who was represented by Ade Ipaye, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, said this while addressing a policy roundtable on identity at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

He further disclosed that the President also directed that the 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 minimising 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,’’ he said.

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