Country Progress Reports - nigeria
Country Progress Reports - nigeria

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About the CPR Series

Throughout the year, ID4Africa will be bringing to its Community a special LiveCast series dubbed “CPR – Country Progress Reports”. 

The CPR LiveCasts will put into the spotlight the identity ecosystem of one country at a time and reunite some of the key identity stakeholders that have a vested interest in its development. 


Each session will summarize the progress that the country has made in identity, will introduce the identity stakeholders highlighting the supply and demand side for ID, and the drivers motivating the development of the ecosystem. It will give an overview of the interplay between foundational and functional identity enabling service delivery from one side, and the link with civil registration on the other, as is applicable.

The objective of this series is to extract actionable lessons from what has been achieved thus far and set the expectations for what remains to be done to develop a modern, inclusive identity ecosystem that can be used not only to recognize people’s rights but also to enable their participation in modern economies. Special attention will be given to the impact of COVID-19 on identity management and on the measures adopted by the country to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic.


CPR Episode 1: Spotlight on Nigeria!

This debut LiveCast brings together distinguished representatives of the major identity stakeholders in Nigeria to discuss the progress the country has made towards identity for all as well as their vision and strategy for completing this journey. They will talk about the supply and demand side for identity and how they work together in their country. 

The lessons learned in this premier LiveCast will inform your thinking, help shape your efforts, and unveil a world of opportunities that emerges when we think of identity in the context of an ecosystem.


If you care about building performant identity ecosystems, come and be part of what promises to be a fascinating multi-perspective view on identity!

Attendees will have ample opportunities to engage through chat, Q&A,
and by participating in our Community Voices segment to share added perspectives.

The Moderator

Dr. Joseph Atick

Executive Chairman 

Dr. Joseph Atick is a recognized world renowned advocate and expert on identity matters. Having been one of the founders of the identity industry nearly 30 years ago, he led several companies in that domain and developed some of the foundational algorithms underlying secure digital identity today, including the first commercially viable face recognition algorithm. He retired from the industry in 2010 to focus on promoting identity for social and economic development around the world. In that mission he partnered with the World Bank and other UN agencies, and was heavily involved in the development and field testing of the methodology and analytic tools that would guide the subsequent activities in that space, and would lead to the launch of the ID4D initiative at the World Bank. In 2014, he co-founded ID4Africa as a pan-African Movement to promote responsible digital transformations through digital identity in Africa. He is a staunch defender of privacy, data protection and human rights and continues to provide counsel to governments and international organization on the use of identity for public good. Dr. Atick holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from Stanford University.

Panel Participants

Aliyu Aziz

Aliyu Aziz


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Engr. Aliyu Aziz is the Director General /CEO of NIMC in Nigeria. Before this appointment, he was one of the pioneers of the Commission and held the position of Director for the Information Technology (IT) /National Identity Database Department. Previously, he was Director at the Secretariat of the Presidential Implementation Committee; responsible for implementing government decisions for consumer credit systems, national outsourcing initiatives and the harmonization of identification schemes in Nigeria.


Hadiza Ali Dagabana


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Hadiza Ali Dagabana joined NIMC in 2008 to establish the Regulatory and Compliance Department. She is currently General Manager for Legal, Regulatory & Compliances Services, and is Secretary to the Commission. Hadiza has over 26 years’ experience in corporate legal practice and is an active Member of the ID4Africa Movement; Secure Identity Alliance; Nigerian Bar Association; Federation of Women Lawyers and the International Bar Association. She has served extensively in legal capacity for the Nigerian government, holding roles such as Senior Counsel at the Bureau of Public Enterprises and Legal Advisor at Transcorp. Hadiza is widely accomplished academically; holding degrees and certification from a number of international and regional institutions.

Chidi Nwafor

Director of ICT
Independent National Electoral Commission, Nigeria

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Engr. Chidi Nwafor is currently the Director of ICT at INEC, Nigeria’s Election Management Body. During his tenure at INEC he initiated the use of chip-embedded Voter Cards and Smart Card Readers for voter authentication. He has a wide range of work experience in Telecommunications and Network management, which spans over 30 years. Chidi has a degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, and is currently pursuing a PhD with the University of Walden, USA.

Adaku Obodo

Assistant Director (Vital Registration)

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Adaku Obodo is an Assistant Director in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Department of the National Population Commission (NPC) of Nigeria where she has served for the past 20 years. Throughout this time, she has been involved in the implementation of policies to improve vital registration and vital statistics in Nigeria. Mrs Obodo has a  Masters in Management and BSc in Social Science.

Musa Jimoh

Director, Payment System Management Dept., Central Bank of Nigeria

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Musa Jimoh is currently at the Central Bank of Nigeria as the Director of the Payment System Management Department. He has over 24 years of work experience in banking and payment service industries,  and has undergone several international trainings including Payment System and Oversight training by the Federal Reserve Bank, York,  Project management by Institute of Public-Private Partnership (iP3), Washington DC, training on, Payment System Policy and Financial Inclusion by the Fletcher Schools, Consumer Credit and Impact on Payment system by the George Mason University, Washington, among others.

Mr. Jimoh holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and an MBA from Enugu State University of Technology. He attended the Advance Management Program at the Lagos Business School and he is a fellow of the Fletcher Schools, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.

Premier Oiwoh

Managing Director & CEO
Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS)

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Premier Oiwoh is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS). Premier is a strategic process enabler. He has vast experience in Process Automation, Centralization, Payment System Implementation, Security and Information Technology.

Mohammed Adamu

AssT. Comptroller of Immigration, Nigeria Immigration Service

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Grace Usoro


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Grace Usoro is a Director and Head, National Databank Management Department at the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) of Nigeria.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and has quality professional experience of over 25 years, across both the private and public sectors.

Mrs. Usoro is a pioneer management staff of the National Pension Commission of Nigeria, who has played significant roles in pioneering and regulating the Nigerian pension industry to its present enviable status.   Her contributions have facilitated the institution of policies that regulate and strengthen operational and supervisory structures within the Nigerian pension industry.

In her present role, she is at the fore-front of ensuring that the database of members in the Contributory Pension Scheme is upgraded to contain robust information on uniquely identified individuals.  Such would allow for the seamless portability and mobility of Retirement Savings Accounts across employments and pension administrators in Nigeria.

Nasiru Ikharo

Dept. of ICT, National Health Insurance Scheme, NIgeria

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Nasiru Ikharo is the General Manager (ICT) at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and is a member of the Governing Board of National Identity Management Commission, Nigeria. Before joining the NHIS, he was a Network Engineer with Wells Fargo Bank, NA. He has a BSc. at University of Ife, an MBA with CIS and Telecom Management at the Golden Gate University, SF, California.

Adeboye Adegoke

Senior Program Manager
Paradigm Initiative, Nigeria

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Adeboye is a Senior Program Manager at Paradigm Initiative (PIN). He leads the organisation’s Digital Policy Programs in Africa, which include advocating for innovation and rights-respecting digital policies in Africa. He led advocacy for the passage of the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill by Nigeria’s parliament. Adeboye is an Alumni of the African School on Internet Governance. He has written several articles and authored many reports. He is the author of Digital Rights and Privacy in Nigeria and a co-author of the Digital Rights in Africa report by Paradigm Initiative. Adeboye has strong legislative engagement and policy influencing experience, having worked and influenced many legislations and policies in Africa. He is a member of the Canadian government-led task force on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights and the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network. Adeboye currently leads civil-society engagement with Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission on the implementation of Nigeria’s Digital Identity Ecosystem.


Recommended Pre-reads :

The Digital Identity Process in Nigeria 

Policy responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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