The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has said that his life was threatened by the implementation of the pairing of the National Identity Number and the Subscriber Identity Module in the country.
Pantami said most of those fighting over the policy were now silent, adding that the National Management Identity Commission had made huge strides.
Pantami spoke at the fourth annual Identity Day commemoration, held on September 16 each year, hosted by the NIMC in Abuja on Friday.
Pamtami said: “We can only get our digital economy right if we keep improving and encouraging our citizens to enroll in our national database. When we started the process, many people turned against me. My life was threatened by the introduction of the NIN and SIM registration on BBC radio and much more, and I resisted, believing that no one can control my life in this world, only God Almighty.
“We resisted, and now the process is working. Sometimes I can stay for a month without talking to the NIMC and there is no problem. Today most of our citizens who fought are silent. Looking back three years ago, the NIMC had managed to achieve an enrollment figure of nearly 90 million registrations for the country under challenging circumstances.
“By the time I took over the supervision of the NIMC, there were no more than 1,000 registration centers in total, but today we have more than 50,000. Today our national database is on autodrive. We have established more than 19 national policies and they are all being implemented. This has never happened in the history of Nigeria.”
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