The project, dubbed as the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development (ID4D) endeavor, will see the Big Tech company partner with Abuja in the areas of "data protection and capacity development."
Microsoft Government Affairs Lead Nonye Ujam stated in a press release that Microsoft is ready to extend any help to ensure the project's success.
"We are here to ensure that we support you to make things work very well. We are happy with the achievements Nigeria ID4D has recorded in such a short period," she said.
"Microsoft Corporation has made a lot of investments and interventions in capacity development and cyber security. Beyond supporting governments in the area of capacity development, Microsoft meets their stakeholders where they are [to] close identified gaps. As people are working hard to upgrade and update themselves, that is how hard the bad players are working to update their skills. This is why we must take data protection and cybersecurity very seriously."
Nigeria ID4D Project Coordinator Musa Odole Solomon said his team is "open to collaborating with as many relevant stakeholders as possible," adding that they are "working very hard" in the area of data protection.
"We are constrained by time, considering the fact that the elections are close," said Solomon, pertaining to the country's polls in February and March 2023.
"We are battling to ensure that we balance the urgency with quality. It will not just be done very quickly, but also very well."
Solomon also exhorted the Big Tech company to consider extending support to other entities involved in the project, including the country's National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). The agency is responsible for issuing national ID numbers to Nigerians and maintaining the national ID database.
Nigeria ID4D is funded by the World Bank, European Investment Bank and the French Development Agency.
While the Nigeria ID4D project and the national ID number system put in place by Abuja seeks to address identity fraud, such systems actually cause more harm than good – as seen in the example of India's Aadhaar digital ID system. Aadhar's creator, Indian billionaire Nandan Nilekani, had been branded by Gates himself as a "hero."
The technocrat behind Microsoft has been vocal in bringing the "Aadhaar approach to other countries" including Nigeria. (Related: Diabolical — How digital ID will control your life.)
Around 1.3 billion Indians had been forced to enroll into Aadhaar in order to access public health services. The digital ID system also caused the death of three individuals in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand in 2017.
Etwariya Devi, 67, was entitled to a monthly allotment of 25 kilograms of rice. But she must first enroll in Aadhaar before this ration could be given to her.
However, Devi's fingerprint failed to register with Aadhaar's shoddy system. The widow was denied her monthly ration because of this glitch. This went on for three months until she died of hunger alone inside her home.
Premani Kumar, 64, also died of hunger and exhaustion as a result of an issue with Aadhaar. The system transferred her pension payments to another person without her consent, and also cut off her monthly food rations.
Santoshi Kumari, 11, was the youngest victim who succumbed because of the digital ID system. She reportedly died begging for rice after her family's ration card was canceled. The cancellation stemmed from the simple fact that the Kumaris' ration card had not been linked to their Aadhaar digital ID.
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