Use national database to track down criminals ― Minister tells security services

In response to the deteriorating security system, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has urged security authorities to use the databases of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and that of the Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) to detect criminals. tracks .

The minister spoke at the 4th National Identity Day celebration in Abuja on Friday with the theme “Traditional institutions as key stakeholders for citizen mobilization”.

Pantami said, based on the information available, that security settings do not make significant use of the two databases.

“Based on the information I have at my disposal, from the CEOs of these two institutions, the usage has been very insignificant. Therefore, we advocate that if they can take advantage of this, we have no doubt that they will be able to tackle the major security challenges we face.

According to him: “We have cleaned up our database and we beg our security institutions to take advantage of this database; it’s not our job to do the security work to do the security work, our job is to support them. The two databases are available for NIN and for SIM.”

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He added: “If we have a complete database in Nigeria with all the challenges we have when it comes to education, health security and much more, we will be solved. We also have a national population committee that works closely with the NIMC.”

“In most developed countries that you know, or have heard of. You cannot live or work there without a BSN. So why is it difficult for us in Nigeria? We always admire when we visit places, but it is difficult for us to make adjustments so that we can be that responsible society that we admire from afar. We can’t be there until we make sacrifices.” He emphasized

In his speech, the Director General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, said that NIMC is working with the traditional rulers and traditional institutions across the country to raise awareness about the need for NIN registration and use, hence the theme titled “Traditional institutions – critical stakeholders for citizen mobilization”,

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“We want to use this opportunity and platform to call on the active participation of the traditional institutions in building support for government programs and in this case the National Identification project. Identification is an empowerment tool and greater use of digital ID can help bring much-needed governance and coordination to development and service delivery,” he noted.

In addition, he said, “the more the government knows the right population and demographics, the better the government is able to properly plan for infrastructure, social welfare and economic development for the country.

“This underlines the importance of identity and direct links to the importance of the contemporary commemoration of the Nigerian National Identity Day.

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