– The federal government has informed Nigerians about updates in the ongoing NIN registration

– NCC and the NIMC disclosed why the approvals of the new policies on NIN enrolment were made

– The NIN registration has become a mandatory requirement for Nigerians who own SIM cards

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The federal government has announced the implementation of some new policies that would allow Nigerians to have easy access to the National Identity Numbers (NIN) enrolment process.

FG makes important announcement about on-going NIN registration

A federal government-led team visits NIN enrollment centers
Photo: @nimc_ng
Source: Twitter

Part of the new measures includes the extension of the tenure of National Identity Numbers (NIN) enrolment agents of Mobile Network Operators (MNO) from one to five years.

The announcement was made in a joint statement by the Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Wednesday, March 3.

The agencies also disclosed that the government approved the establishment of SIM swap centres for Mobile Network Operators (MNO) operators across local government areas in Nigeria.

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The statement read in part:

”This is a deliberate effort of the Federal Government to simplify the enrolment process for Nigerians and legal residents.

“The technical committee was mandated to complete the development of a new SIM issuance strategy that cannot be compromised.

“This will ensure that there is no repeat of the past process that was compromised through pre-registration by some agents.”

In another news, the federal government has issued a disclaimer against a fake NIN verification website.

The Punch stated that this was disclosed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Friday, February 26.

Legit.ng gathered that the NIMC warned the general public that the website, which claimed to verify numbers chosen to receive 5GB as part of a NIN verification reward programme was not associated with the commission.

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Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the recommendations for the use of the NIN as a requirement for voter registration in Nigeria.

The Cable reported that the commission said the move is not backed by law, adding that it does not share its powers to register voters with any other government agency.

Still on biometric registration, Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, said the NIN is mandatory for the payment of taxes.

Pantami who spoke in Abuja on Thursday, February 11, on the ongoing nationwide exercise added that the NIN is also needed for the opening of bank accounts in the country, The Punch reported.

The minister explained further that the number is essential for national planning, budget, security, and social development.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.