9Mobile, one of the country’s leading telecommunications service providers, claims it has a mandate to enroll at least 10 million people in the national identity management enrollment scheme in rural areas.
This, according to it, is part of its assistance to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
According to a 9mobile statement, the telco gave the assurance during a stakeholders engagement workshop and capacity building interactive session organized in collaboration with the NIMC in Abuja.
The workshop was organized to investigate the capabilities and challenges in the NIMC service delivery process in order to propose solutions to identified challenges.
In his remarks, Juergen Peschel, Chief Executive Officer of 9mobile, commended the management of NIMC for supporting the workshop to engage stakeholders in the industry.
“9mobile will continue to play a crucial role in the country’s national identity management enrollment scheme, particularly in rural areas where we have the mission to register 10 million citizens,” he said.
“To guarantee that we meet the target, we are constantly extending our capacity in terms of infrastructure and technology to ensure that all Nigerians are enrolled.”
Oluwatosin Olulana, Director of Sales at 9mobile, also emphasized the importance of ongoing engagement with stakeholders in order to strengthen the nation’s identity management process.
“9mobile will share resources with NIMC to improve the service delivery process,” he said.
“In addition, for the next six months, mobile connectivity will be made available to aid the virtual working process.”
“We are currently planning to provide NIMC offices with up to 20Mbps fiber connectivity.”
“We believe that by providing the necessary infrastructure, the commission will be able to carry out its mandate in the best interests of the country,” he said.
Dr. Umar Ba, who represented NIMC Director-General Aliyu Aziz, called for collaboration among stakeholders while restating the commission’s commitment to fostering the development of a robust identity system in Nigeria.
“NIMC cannot do it alone,” he said. “As a result, we will continue to seek collaboration from stakeholders, particularly 9mobile, one of our most trusted allies.”