The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has revealed that it has so far registered 56 million Nigerians with their National Identity Number (NIN).
The Director-General of NIMC, Prof Aziz Aliyu, said this on Monday, May 31, at the batch 10 launching of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) projects for Digital Economy.
The event which held virtually was in line with the Digital Economy agenda 2020 to 2030 and President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of fighting corruption, transforming the economy and ensuring security.
The projects launched were the National Policy on Virtual Engagements in the Federal Public Institutions, ECC Akure, Ondo State and Digital Economy Centre (DEC), Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.
Others are DEC, Delta State University, Abraka and DEC, Government Secondary School, Rigasa (Main), Kaduna State.
“As of today NIMC has been able to register 56 million Nigerians with their NIN and that has been possible since Dr Isa Pantami took over as Minister of Communications and Digital Economy in October 2020.
“We register at least two million Nigerians monthly which is a good effort; toward the digital economy agenda,’’ the NIMC boss said.
Meanwhile, the Police Command in Niger, on Sunday, May 30, confirmed the abduction of school children; and some residents of Tegina by gunmen in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Adamu Usman, the Niger State Commissioner of Police told the press in Minna; that the children were abducted from Salihu Tanko Islamiya School.
He also confirmed that the gunmen killed one person in the process.
Usman explained that the incident occurred at about 3 pm; when a large number of bandits on motorcycles attacked the town.
He said that the command had deployed a tactical squad supported by operatives of Operation Puff Adder 2; to track the abductors and rescue the victims.
The police commissioner urged members of the general public to support security agencies; with reliable information to ensure the safe rescue of the children.
In corroboration, the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Matane revealed that the number of the abducted students is yet to be ascertained.
According to him, “Yes, there was an attack at the Islamiyya school; but we do not yet have the exact number of students that were abducted. We are in touch with parents in the area to know those whose children were abducted.”