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NIN Enrolment: Nigeria, Korea Sign $13 Million Agreement

The Republic of Korea has signed a new project agreement worth $13 million with the Nigerian Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through its grant aid agency, Korea International Cooperation Agency Office in Nigeria.

The agreement was signed in Abuja on Thursday, and it is to ensure that the eGovernment is further expanded, and enrolment accessibility of the National Identification Number is increased.

The statement from KOICA Office in Nigeria which is titled, ‘FG, Korea boosts e-expansion, signs $13m project agreement,’ said the new agreement was for the implementation of the ‘Project for Building Foundations Towards Digital Governance in Nigeria from 2020 to 2026.’

 

It said, “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 eGovernment 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.”

 

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, while speaking during the signing ceremony said KOICA’s aid disbursement for eGovernment remained the highest in Nigeria.

The minister said further that the Federal Government is willing to expand eGovernment in Nigeria, and also that the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy was ready to actualize the objectives of the new project to further enhance the expansion of eGovernment initiatives across the country.

 

KOICA Nigeria Office Country Director, Mr. Woochan Chang, said the agreement is a second phase for the eGovernment Capacity Building project in Nigeria, which was earlier implemented during 2013-2019, and was also fully funded by KOICA.

Mr. Woochan called for full activation of the Presidential Council on eGovernment which he considered as an important backbone for the operationalization of activities as designed in the new project. He noted that the new project activities are closely associated with the policy focus of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, 2020 -2030.

 

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