90 Million Nigerians Registers for NIN

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) reports that around 90 million individuals have registered for a National Identification Number (NIN).

Aliyu Aziz provided this information to the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the NIMC on Friday in Abuja at a celebration of the fourth National Identity Day with the subject “Traditional Institutions as Critical Stakeholders for Citizens Mobilization.”

“Without sounding immodest, NIMC has made great strides on so many fronts in the last three years,” he said. “From just over 1,000 enrolment centres and 2,000 enrolment devices across the country, NIMC, in partnership with its licensed enrolment partners, now has over 15,000 enrolment centres and over 29,000 enrolment devices deployed nationwide.

“This is one of the reasons enrolments have increased tremendously, with over 89 million NINs generated successfully. On the international level, NIMC has diaspora enrolment centres in over 40 countries, with more centres and countries scheduled to be added in the coming months.”

As a result of the move, Nigerians living abroad will have the chance to enrol and maintain their national identity, according to Aziz.

He contends that the government is better positioned to make sound plans for infrastructure, social welfare, and economic development the more accurately it knows the size of its population and the appropriate demographics.

According to the head of the NIMC, this emphasises the value of identity and demonstrates why celebrating Nigerian National Identity Day is so significant.

He expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the support he has provided the commission throughout his term.

“The support of Mr President to NIMC shows the importance he places on digital identity,” he said.

“He may not be physically here with us today on this occasion of the fourth edition of Nigeria’s commemoration of Identity Day, but it was the approval Mr President gave in 2019 for every 16th September to be officially marked as Identity Day in Nigeria that provided the platform for today’s ceremony.”

Aziz complimented Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, for leading the charge in advancing the commission’s programs.

He asserted that the commission’s fortunes have improved and become stronger due to the transfer of NIMC to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

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