The National Identification Number (NIN) is the unique number which identifies you for life and is issued to you by NIMC after your enrolment. It is used to match you with your biometric data and other details in the National Identity Database during verification and authentication.
Some weeks ago the Nigerian Federal Government has ordered telecommunication networks that those whose Sim cards are not linked with National Identification Number should be deactivated.
The Nigerian Federal Government decided to consider many Nigerians who are yet to enroll for the NIN by extending the deadline date, so they can have enough time.
On Wednesday, The minister of Communication, Isa Pantomi made an announcement while addressing the press at the weekly presidential media briefing in Abuja, that Nigerians who failed to obtain the National Identification Number will attract 14 years imprisonment.
In his announcement, he said "Based on requirements by law, every legal residents and citizen must have NIN"
He also added that " Only 51 million Nigerians have so far obtained their NIN as of March 31st, 2021."
"No country will progress in health, education, budget planning without a database of its legal residents."
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