THE National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has registered 21,360, 000 Nigerians into the National Identity Database and issued them the National Identification Number (NIN). The new enrollment figure was reached as at the close of work on 6th September, 2017.
The Commission has also setup more enrollment Centres across the 36 States of the federation and the FCT, bringing the number of enrollment centres to about 805.
With the deployment of additional enrollment centres, NIMC is currently active in 556 Local Government Areas (LGAs), and is working to activate dormant centres in the remaining 218 LGAs in order to expand enrollment coverage.
This is in line with the Director General/CEO of the Commission, Engr. Aliyu Aziz’s goal to register 28 million Nigerians into the database, by the end of December, 2017.
According to him, the Commission has continued to record exponential growth in the population of the database, despite the challenges facing the Commission, even as the country gradually exists recession.
It will be recalled that the Commission had little above seven (7) million NINs in the database when Engr. Aziz took over the mantle of leadership in November, 2015.
Despite the challenges and constraints, the Director General who is undaunted, has continued to manage the scarce resources, to ensure that the database is populated before commencing enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN for all identity based transactions.
Isaiah Erhiawarien, West Africa