5 March 2018

Nigeria: 30 Million Nigerians Get National Identity Number

Abuja, ADEBIYI ADEDAPO

The Nigeria Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC) has issued National Identity Number (NIN) to no fewer than 30 million Nigerians.

The Lagos regional coordinator of NIMC, Mr Kayode Adegoke, gave the figure in an interview in Lagos, yesterday.

Adegoke also said that the commission had spread its registration centres across the 20 LGAs and the 37 local council developmental areas of Lagos State to ensure that residents were captured.

"The Director-General, Mr Aliyu Aziz, said that NIMC has issued NIN to about 30 million Nigerians while more than 100,000 printed cards are awaiting collection.

"Our mandate in this agency is to ensure that every Nigerian is issued a personal identification number as it is done in other countries of the world." For this reason, the agency has spread its registration centres across all the local governments of Lagos State to bring them nearer to residents," he said.

Adegoke called on members of the public to enrol for NIN.

The coordinator also advised residents whose cards were ready to go and collect them.

He said that NIMC was committed to developing the identity eco-system in Nigeria and harmonise all identity-related databases in the country.

The official said that NIMC was partnering with organisations such as banks to make NIN a mandatory requirement for transactions.

"In NIMC, we will also ask you to provide us with your BVN (Bank Verification Number) before we can register and issue your NIN.

"You can see that the harmonisation is ongoing," the state coordinator said.

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