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Nigeria will be a testing ground for Microsoft’s digital ID tech

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Microsoft will partner with Nigeria in the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development (ID4D) project in the areas of “data protection and capacity development.”

In a press release, Microsoft’s head of government affairs Nonye Ujam lauded the Nigeria Digital ID4D project for what has already been done in the areas of digital identity and expressed Microsoft’s readiness to help the project succeed.

“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,” Ujam 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, hand-hold and 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 cyber security very seriously.”

The project’s manager, Musa Solomon, said they “are open to collaborating with as many relevant stakeholders as possible to make sure the project succeeds.”

Solomon added that the team is “working very hard” in the area of data protection.

“We are constrained by time, considering the fact that elections are close. We are battling to ensure that we balance the urgency with quality. It will not just be done quickly, but also done very well.

Stakeholders engagement is an ongoing activity and Microsoft is our major stakeholder. We are ready and willing to work with you.”

The Nigeria Digital Identification for Development (ID4D) project is jointly funded by the European Investment Bank, World Bank, and the French Development Agency.

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