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World Bank to provide digital ID for 148m Nigerians by 2024

The World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Shubham Chaudhuri, has announced plans to collaborate with the National Identity Management Commission to ensure the successful rollout and registration of digital national IDs for all Nigerians.

The ambitious target is to provide at least 148 million people of working age with a digital national ID by the middle of 2024, marking a significant step towards inclusion and accessibility.

Chaudhuri stated this at a dinner in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in Abuja on Friday.

He further reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to eradicating poverty, improving lives, and creating job opportunities for the country’s youth.

Also speaking, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, revealed that the government has secured access to approximately half a billion dollars in funding to initiate a local funding program.

This initiative he said aims to boost innovation and entrepreneurship within the country’s digital sector.

Tijani outlined the government’s plan to domicile local funding in Nigeria and ensure that it benefits true Nigerian businesses, adding that it will be collaborating with the Bank of Industry.

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