The communication Minister, Mr Isa Pantami on Thursday 1st April 2021 addressed the press at the weekly presidential meeting in Abuja said that Nigerians who fail to obtain their National Identification Number (NIN) stands a risk of getting heavy fine or jail term.

While addressing the press, he said that so far 51 million citizens had enrolled for the national identification number as of 31st March 2021.

In his words, “Based on the requirement by law, each and every citizen and legal resident must obtain his/her national identification number, which is being coordinated by the National Identify Management Commission (NIMC), It is a basic requirement by law but many citizen ignore it.”

“No country would be successful in health, education, budget planning or national planning without a database of it’s citizens in place,” he added.

The minister said that obtaining a sim card may be optional, NIN is mandatory, noting that a lot of transactions in the country are not supposed to be carried out without a valid NIN.

“National Identification Number is a law and it’s mandatory and for one to get voter’s card in Nigeria based on section 27of NIMC Act is an offence.”
“For one to open a bank account without NIN is an offence, for one to pay tax, collect pension and enjoy any of the government service without having NIN is an offence.”

“Section 29 of the NIMC states that if one does any of section 27 codes without obtaining National Identity Number would have committed a crime that would lead to fines or imprisonment which is fourteen (14) years jail term.” This laws would be enacted from today, the Minister stated.


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