Crucial information about NIN was disclosed by federal government on Thursday April 1st this month.It was disclosed that the number of Nigerians who have enrolled for the National Identification Number (NIN) exercise.
According to the minister of communications and digital economy, Ali Isa Pantami, not less than 51 million citizens now have their NINs.
Pantami made this disclosure during a State House press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, April 1.
The Nation reports that Pantami also made it obvious that the law requires everyone to take part in the enrollment exercise. He said failure to acknowledge with this directive can attract denial of the right to bank and communication services, added to the chance of serving a jail term of about 14 years.
Pantami went forward to note that the NIN enrollment is the best way to come at the valid population of the country.
Pantami said the NIN registration is the best way to get Nigeria’s factual population
Even more, the minister announced that 189 million Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) have been captured so far through the enrollment.
Meanwhile, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) had launched a new Mobile Web Service (MWS) application and boosted the NIN slips for public use.
This crucial information about NIN came ahead of the deadline expiration for linkage of SIM cards with the NIN on April 9.
The head of corporate communications of NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, said the new app arrives with a better NIN slip for public use.
He said:“As a vital part of Nigeria’s digitization process spearheaded by minister of communications and digital economy, the app offers a built-in harmonisation method that allows for its use across other government services including FIRS, FRSC, NHIS, NPF, and NCC to mention a few.”
It was also made known that federal government has permited telecom industries to continue NIN registration for 5 years.