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I am working with FG to develop new identity technology in Nigeria – Bill Gates

Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, has said he is working with the Federal Government to develop what he described as a ‘one-identity’ technological platform that can integrate variegated data.

Gates stated this on Sunday during a meeting with President Bola Tinubu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Special Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He noted that the identity platform will explain the centrality of data harmonization to planning, security, and tax efficiency.

According to Gates, the ID technology called MOSIP would ensure that every Nigerian gets digital benefits. In addition to providing this technology support, the Microsoft Founder said he is ready to do more of Nigeria.

While noting that the drive to support Nigeria’s digitization efforts is aimed at harmonising the country’s scattered data, Gates said:

Mr. Gates said Nigeria has the capacity to manage this system and related technological systems as the nation brims with talented youths.

Speaking earlier during the meeting, President Bola Tinubu said his administration is investing in technology that is tailored towards ensuring transparency and accountability in government and accelerating public-sector performance and service delivery to the Nigerian people.

Tinubu added that technology is a potent weapon against corruption and financial impropriety in public service.

Emphasizing his unwavering commitment to deliver reliable technology that will support a national consumer credit system and many other critical new government interventions for all Nigerians, the President said resistance is often expected when efforts are made to strengthen systems and forestall malfeasance.

Recounting how he deployed technology to enhance the revenue base of Lagos State as governor, President Tinubu said he ensured the collection and utilization of essential data, creating an efficient tax system for the state.