The 33-page report, which is the first independent assessment of the sector, stated that the digital economy (information technology sector) contributed about 18 per cent of GDP in the second quarter of 2021.
Once registered, citizens will be assigned a National Identity Number (NIN), and will be able to use their fingerprints to gain access to various government services. The national identity program is also being integrated with private services to encourage large scale adoption. Most notably, people will be able to use their NIN to make payments and complete mobile banking transactions.
To allow more Nigerians to link their National Identification Number (NIN) to their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), the federal government has approved a further extension of the deadline for the exercise to March 31, 2022.