The Brief: Nigeria to Grow Digital Identity Database, Ghana Introduces Drone Usage to its Healthcare Sector

In this week's roundup Nigeria is to focus on developing its digital identity database, Ghana introduces drone usage to its healthcare sector, and the UN World Food Programme appoints Chinedu Moghalu as Senior Communications Specialist/Head, Communications and Advocacy.

The government revealed that Nigeria plans to grow its digital database to 70 million in 2019 at a conference organised by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Abjua.

Titled “Harmonisation of identity schemes and its response to current demand”, the President utilised this conference as a means of detailing and presenting Nigeria’s plans of digitising identity.

During the conference, President Buhari, addressed issues surrounding personal safety of farmers to trans-human activities, citing these issues and many more as proof for improving the county’s identity systems and ensuring greater security. The NIMC has registered over 28 million legal residents; however, President Buhari warned that security in Nigeria could get worse if the country fails to pursue and implement harmonised identity solutions.

He lauded the organisation for putting measures in place which will ensure that every Nigerian has a recorded identity. The president stressed the need for drawing global attention to this issue.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha disclosed the statistical side of the Government’s plans for having a consistent identity database where everyone is represented. The Federal Government increased its database from 7 million in 2014 to 14 million, and 28 million in 2017. They expect the figure to rise to 50 million in 2019. This increase could alter Nigeria’s identity database platform by representing all individuals.

IDA Africa’s Chairman, Dr. Joseph Azek praised Nigeria for its efforts. He stated that an improved identity management industry in Nigeria and across the continent would guarantee unrestricted movement of people and products.

The Director General of NIM, Aliyu Azeez, believes that collaboration between public and private sectors in identity management would help Nigeria achieve its aims.

IMF Commends Ghana’s Economic Performance

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) commended Ghana’s new vision, “Ghana Beyond Aid” and year one of the country’s economic progress under the governance of President Akufo-Addo. The IMF perceives Ghana’s vision as an inspiration to countries in the continent.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, outlined the plans of “Ghana Beyond Aid” during the maiden slot, describing it as a new platform for learning about the economic success of other countries.  He discussed the country’s revenue measures, which are focussed on increasing domestic resources to fund the plan. Ghana will invest in initiatives centred on improving job opportunities and income.  

Ghana Urged to Invest in Fashion Industry

Nana Dwomoh Sarpong, Executive Chairman of Radford University College, urged Ghana to focus on developing its fashion industry. He stated that introducing a national African wear policy for all employees could create job opportunities for youths in Ghana and generate revenue for other countries. Promoting local fashion would discourage a reliance on foreign clothes.

“It is an industry with intense economic benefits”, explained Mr Sarpong. On a social level, realising the fashion industry’s immense potential could create and develop a generation of young designers.

Mr Sarpong launched a fashion show at the university, which featured remarkable pieces. The university is full of talented students and graduates have gained international recognition.

Nigeria: The United Nations World Food Programme Appoints Chinedu Moghalu as Senior Communications Specialist/Head, Communications and Advocacy

The United Nations World Food Programme, Africa Risk Capacity, appointed Nigeria’s Chinedu Moghalu as Senior Communications Specialist/Head, Communications and Advocacy.
Within this role, Moghalu is responsible for spearheading efforts ensuring that ARC’s climate change and disaster risk management plans are communicated in a strategic manner. These plans must be effective in gaining commitment and movement of resource from member states and the global community.

The African Risk Capacity is an agency of the African Union, providing African nations with capacity building services for pre-warning, contingency strategies, and risk finance for combating natural disasters. These specialised, locally-produced and affordable solutions safeguard the jobs of vulnerable people.

Ghana Introduces Drone Usage to Healthcare Sector

Achieved through an agreement between the Ministry of Health and Unmanned Aircraft System developers, Zipline International Inc., Ghana will use drones in its healthcare sector.

Drones present benefits for Ghana, and their use is a crucial step towards improving the health industry. Built with long-distance travel capabilities, a drone will deliver documents and vaccines to different destinations, thereby reducing travel-time and transportation barriers experienced with on-line vehicles.

This technological device is the result of the Vice President’s visit to Silicon Valley where he encouraged investment into Ghana’s tech scene from different company leaders.

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority is currently creating routes for the drones, which will avoid air incidents.