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NIMC now under ministry of Communications and Digital Economy says minister

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has been moved to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy on the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The approval for the transfer was based on the President’s consideration for the critical role of NIMC towards the realisation of the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS).
This was contained in a statement issued by the ministery of Communication and Digital Economy, Mallam Isa Ali Pantami in Abuja.
Pantami said that this was in line with the effort to ensure that synergy and effective ministry supervisory mechanism is put in place to coordinate, monitor and track the progress of Federal Government’s digital transformation initiatives.


The statement signed by the sokesperson to the Minister, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, noted that the President’s directives for NIMC to be under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is an illustration of Mr President’s vote of confidence on the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, based on his performance adding that Pantami had within his first year in office, amongst others, resolved the ICT sector’s decade-long dilemma of Right of Way charges.
“He was also able to secure Mr President’s approval for the provision of security as well as designation of Telecommunications Infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure, regularization of improperly registered SIM cards and deactivation of unregistered ones, the deployment of over 250 digital projects across the country under his policies and supervision as well as built the capacity of over 36,000 Nigerians,” she added.
Suleiman recalled that NIMC is mandated to create, manage, maintain and operate the National Identity Database established by the NIMC Act, 2007 while the Commission has so far registered around 41 million eligible enrollees for the National Identity Number (NIN).
According to her, “The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the other hand has details of over 191 million mobile subscribers. Furthermore, the National Information Technology Development Agency has recorded huge successes in the development and implementation of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), the country’s first codified data protection regulation. The Agency has also reached an advanced stage on the implementation of the National Public Key Infrastructure (NPKI). Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB) also provides services to Government Agencies – Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service.”

Suleiman stated that need therefore for NIMC, NCC, NITDA and GBB to work closely together under the supervision of one Ministry towards harnessing what has already been achieved cannot be overemphasized.
She said that the NIN, considered as a social security as well as civil number, is very important for economic planning and social intervention. With Federal Government’s digitalization initiatives in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, access to services and interventions will require it.
“We therefore urge all eligible individuals to enroll as soon as possible. Furthermore, the Honourable Minister is assuring Nigerians as well as residents that appropriate measures will be put in place to ensure that opportunities for enrolment are provided to all.”

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EFCC: Bawa vows to work by the constitution rather than external Influence

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EFCC: Bawa vows to work by the constitution rather than external Influence

By Sunday Joseph

The newly confirmed substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Abdulrasheed Bawa has vowed to work by the constitution and not by external influence.

Bawa spoke during the question and answer session at plenary said it applies also to ongoing investigations.
The organization according to him, will work on proactive approach and not being reactionary in the fight against corruption.
He disclosed to senators that he was not involved in the sale of trucks in port Harcourt, saying that the secretary and 3 directors sold the assets because they were forfeited to the federal government.
Bawa clarify the issues on witch hunting which he said has been trending since the inception of EFCC, however he said it would be addressed.
On media trial, he said most of the matters are in the public domain therefore it is beyond the control of the commission.
Deputy senate president Omo Agge said President Buhari’s nominee is a good product and his unique nomination has generated hope for millon’s of youths.

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Bawa as EFCC Chairman, Excellent Choice, Says ex-Rep Karimi

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Bawa as EFCC Chairman, Excellent Choice, Says ex-Rep Karimi

Two time member of Federal House of Representatives, Hon Sunday Karimi has commended the recommendation of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as new Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In line with the recommendation of Justice Isa Ayo Salami’s panel, President Buhari on Tuesday broke the 18-year tradition of appointing policemen as chairman of the EFCC, with his choice of Bawa, a Course One EFCC Cadet product.

Bawa, if confirmed , will be the first EFCC’s cadet to head the commission. He will replace suspended Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu.

Hon Karimi, who represented Yagba Federal Constituency, Kogi State in the 7th and 8th Assembly, in a statement on Friday described Bawa’s choice as a round peg in a round hole.

According to the former Rep, “With my deep knowledge of the workings of the outfit in the last decade, the choice of Bawa provides an opportunity for an insider with excellent intellectual abilities, youthful vigor and a total shift from police lock up and charge and bail attitude to transformation into real professionalism in financial crimes investigation as it is carried out in other civilzed communities”.

Karimi declared that contrary to recent attempts to “run Mr Bawa down at all cost”, he is one of the few trusted hands in the organization that are incorriptible.

“He approaches his schedules with humility and he is a very sound officer. He will surely reposition EFCC as a top intelligence outfit. His choice presents an opportunity for those that were trained by the organization to lead the service”, he added

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Insecurity will linger on unless Govt funds military, addresses infrastructure -Buratai

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Tukur Buratai, former Chief of Army Staff has indicated that insecurity will persist for a longer time unless Government addresses insufficiet funding of its security achitecture, infrastructural deficit.
He also said military action alone can’t tackle security challenges in the country saying all hands must be on deck.

Buratai, a non-career ambassadorial designate, said this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening on Thursday in Abuja.
“One mistake that we have been making is that only the military can solve this. It is not. Military can not solve this, you know in the first place it wasn’t the military that started it.
He said political, economic and social factors were responsible for fuelling the security challenge over the years, adding that those factors must be addressed.
“There were political, social, economic aspects that needed to be addressed before we can be sure to end the insurgency.
“Development should be progressive, there should be road everywhere, there should be employment, there should also be schools, hospitals all over.
“This security challenge is something that started more than 30, or 40 years ago.
“It had penetrated the communities. The terrorists have won the communities to their side. That is why you see a small hamlet keeping Boko Haram in those locations, so it is a complex issue.
“So it requires the whole government approach to deal with this the military action is just one aspect.
On his part  the former Chief of Defence Staff Retired Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, told the committee members that tge solution to security challenges must be applied using a multi-dimensional approach.
” We are talking about hybrid warfare where everyone is involved. It is a national approach that is needed, for us to surmount insecurity.
“Three years ago I conducted a research on the forests in the country, I realised that we have about 1,000 forest reserves.
“And I said to them three years ago; that our next crisis will be in the forest, some Nigerian governors were invited, we told them because most of the forests are the prerogatives of the states, the state took over all the forest reserves.
“And I said to them we have to protect the forest, that the next programme will be the forest,” he said.
“So it is a multi-faceted approach, that will require everyone to come on board for us to be able to address insecurity.
“You can never have enough, either weapons, personnel, but there are issues we have to address as a nation.
“We have developed a lot of capacities and initiatives; we can begin to look at all the operations using national approach to address the issues of insecurity.”

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