By Stanley Iwuoha
The federal government has hacked up the capital budget of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC from 500 million to N5 billion.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami disclosed this on Tuesday at the formal presentation of NITDA’s new Condition and Scheme of Service in Abuja.
He said the Commission’s capital budget was raised up from meagre N500-700 million usually approved for the Commission to now N5 billion to enable it meet up with its needs and mandate in line with the present reality in the sector.
He said the ministry is determined to upscale the Condition and Scheme of service of all its parastatals to attract best skilled and unskilled man power in line with the digital economy policy of Buhari’s administration.
He then directed the Management of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to develop a Career Structure (Scheme of Service) and Conditions of Service for NIMC.
In his response, the NITDA DG, Mallam Abdullahi Kashifu said with the approval of the new Condition and Scheme of service for NITDA, the agency has joined the league of top public organisations in Nigeria.
While, expressing gratitude to the Federal government for the gesture and promised that the agency would reciprocate it with hard work.
“The foundation was led by the minister and today is completion of the job he started when he was in the agency.
“He has completely changed the agency, NITDA has now joined the league of top public organizations in Nigeria.
“Many people did not know about NITDA before his appointment but today, NITDA is the only government agency leading IT intervention.
“We are committed to deliver on all initiatives that would move the sector forward.
“The agency has been transformed in line with the National Digital Economy policy. We have recalibrated all out initiatives to align with your vision and achieve President’s agenda to diversify the economy.”
In his own remarks, the Board Chairman of NITDA, Dr. Abubakar Saheed said the event was a culmination of the Minister and President Buhari’s commitment to cause a paradigm shift in the economy.
“Buhari has made a difference. It is not surprising therefore that we are here to mark this occasion.
“He has stood firm in changing the paradigm. The minister has beenna game changer since he came on board.
“If there is no work, there will be no output.
We have seen performances and input in the economy, your performance is impacting on the economy.
“The documents were approved because the DG had done his homework well. We expect increase of output from the agency. Hope they will respond positively to the gesture,” said the Chairman.