What would you say if you were asked how many Nigerians there are? 200 million? About 200 million? Over 170 million? That is probably because only estimates are available. The last time the National Population Commission took a nationwide count was in 2006 and even that exercise and its findings were subjects of controversy. Subsequent estimates, including World Bank’s, are based on the 2006 census.
Nigeria is making efforts to give every citizen and resident a digital identity. The country established the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in 2007 to, among other things, achieve this goal. Nigeria has taken stringent measures to scale-up enrolment. For this month’s Knowledge@Danne
, we look at the progress made so far, the potential benefits to individuals, businesses and governance; and the potential dangers.
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