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Establish a digital innovation center

The federal government has approved the digital identity for IDPs, IDPs and also the Center for Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

This followed a memorandum submission to the Federal Executive Council on a National Policy Project on Digital Identity for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Nigeria and a request for the construction of a Center for Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Federal Executive Council (FEC ).

Both memoranda were approved and will support the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria.

The minister said that digital identity is a key requirement for the development of a sustainable digital economy and it is necessary to ensure that all strata of society can conveniently obtain digital IDs, including internally displaced persons.

According to him, the Policy seeks to integrate internally displaced persons, regardless of the challenges they face, such as lack of documentation and vulnerability.

“The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) shows that millions of citizens fall into the category of internally displaced persons.

“Displaced persons are distributed in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT ”, he said.

Borno state has the highest number of internally displaced persons, while Ondo state has the lowest number with more than 1.49 million and more than 1000 people, respectively.

A digital ID is expected to allow internally displaced persons to access public, private and humanitarian services and will also improve internal security.

The Digital Identity Policy for internally displaced persons will be supervised by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and implemented by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

“Digital innovation has catalyzed the growth of economies around the world and is seen as an important source of economic growth. It can serve as a platform for job creation for large numbers of Nigerians and will support the development of the economy.

“The purpose of innovation is to give rise to new ideas and technologies that eventually increase productivity, allowing organizations to generate more production with the same input,” said Pantami.

According to the 2018 World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report, by 2022 nearly 133 million new jobs can be created through innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), automation and robotics.
The Center will provide facilities to nurture new ideas and focus on promoting and developing Emerging technologies.

It will also support the implementation of the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT-REAP) in Nigeria, which is led by Dr. Pantami.

MIT-REAP is a practical, evidence-based approach to strengthening innovation-driven business ecosystems (SDI).

The project will be supervised by the Ministry and executed by NITDA. He also hoped to support the Federal Government’s job creation goal. The Center will be located in Abuja.

NIMC will implement the Policy, while NITDA will manage the Center in accordance with the policy formulated by the Minister.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy urges Nigerians to take advantage of the new Policy on Digital Identification and the Center for Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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