Dr. Isa Pantami-headed Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has signed a brand new deal settlement price over N5 billion ($13 million) with The Republic of Korea.
Korea signed the contract on Thursday in Abuja, by way of its grant assist company, Korea International Cooperation Agency Office (KOICA) in Nigeria.
The settlement seeks to spice up the e-government enlargement and proliferation entry within the enrollment of the National Identification Number (NIN).
The KOICA Office in Nigeria in a press release defined that the brand new settlement will assist the implementation of the ‘Project for Building Foundations Towards Digital Governance in Nigeria from 2020 to 2026’.
The assertion learn, “The project, which is fully funded by the Korean government through grant aid, is expected to enhance capacity for the further execution of key initiatives of the National eGovernment Master Plan, improve competencies for e-government service delivery through capacity building programmes, expand the delivery of government digital services through the activation of the government service portal, www.services.gov.ng, and create increased access for NIN enrolment through the establishment of additional NIN enrolment centres.”
Speaking throughout the occasion, Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy famous that KOICA’s assist disbursement for e-government remained the very best in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Government in July prolonged the deadline for NIN linkage to SIM knowledge to October 31, 2021, however numerous Nigerians, particularly from the Southern half have vowed to not hyperlink their SIM with NIN.
Their choices and positions have been hinged on the sympathy Pantami has expressed for the terrorist group, Boko Haram, which has killed an estimated 72,000 individuals in 12 years. He was additionally linked with terrorist teams all over the world reminiscent of Al-Qaeda.
In a 2006 speech, Pantami publicly supplied his condolences after the demise of Al-Qaeda’s chief in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
In an audio clip, whereas speaking concerning the Nigerian Army’s struggle in opposition to Boko Haram, he seems to be on the verge of tears as he passionately describes the militants as “our Muslim brothers” who didn’t should be “killed like pigs”.
“This jihad is an obligation for every single believer, especially in Nigeria,” he stated in one other audio recording, and likewise declared that he was all the time joyful when infidels have been massacred. He has not denied the authenticity of those texts, audio, and video clips, somewhat he stated he now noticed issues in another way.
In certainly one of his defensive remarks, Pantami stated, “I have engaged those with Boko Haram ideologies in different places. I have been writing pamphlets in Hausa, English, and Arabic. I have managed to bring back several young persons who have derailed from the right path.
“Some of the comments I made some years ago that are generating controversies now were based on my understanding of religious issues at the time, and I have changed several positions taken in the past based on new evidence and maturity.
“I was young when I made some of the comments; I was in university, some of the comments were made when I was a teenager. I started preaching when I was 13, many scholars and individuals did not understand some of the international events and, therefore, took some positions based on their understanding, some have come to change their positions later.”
Some Nigerians who’ve expressed reluctance to register for NIN stated on Twitter:
“The thought of it scares me, from the comfort of his office PC, he will pull out your personal data and do what he feels like,” Mr Wick @ValarMuurghulis wrote.
Isimmiri Nwene @IsimmiriN additionally tweeted, “Do not undermine a reprobate mind hiding under religion while being in charge of your sensitive particulars.”
Jacob @Area_Jay stated, “Whenever I remember that all this data of Nigerians is in his fingertips, I’m scared like hell.”
“Is the truth, the guy can literally track anybody while sitting comfortably in his office and that is scary!” Johnnygid @MrJohnsongid tweeted.