The Federal Government has charged the National Identity Management Commission to ensure a 500 per cent increase in the number of monthly citizen digital identity enrolments .
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy , Isa Pantami , who gave the charge on behalf of the government in Abuja on Wednesday , said the exercise should increase from the current 500 ,000 monthly enrolments to 2 . 5 million monthly .
Pantami said this while being briefed by the management team of the NIMC on their activities following the final transfer of the commission to the communications ministry.
The minister commended the Director -General of NIMC , Aliyu Aziz , for his commitment, noting that there had been a considerable increase in enrolments under his stewardship .
Pantami , however, stated that there was still the need to raise the bar higher by ensuring that the enrolment rate increased by five times the current rate .
“ This is imperative because the National Identity Number will soon be made mandatory for accessing government services and interventions , ” the minister stated .