Nigerian government approves N25 billion for identity infrastructure upgrade

Former Special Adviser on Religious Affairs to Governor Patrick Yakowa, Reverend John Hayab, on Thursday, urged Nigerians against linking the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, to the death of his principal.

The Federal Government has approved N25bn for upgrade and replacement of Nigeria’s Identity Infrastructure, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim Pantami, has said.

Pantami spoke in Abuja on Thursday during the unveiling of a new salary structure for the staff of the National Identity Management Commission.

He said the infrastructure upgrade had increased the number of Nigerians with National Identity Numbers to over 62 million.

He said the new condition of service and salary scale increased by over 200% the total NIMC personnel cost, a significant departure from what is currently obtainable.

He said since the inception of NIMC in 2007, multiple attempts had been made to change the narrative of the staff emoluments without success.

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