The federal government through the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Pantami on sunday has now mandated the enrollment of National identity number(NIN) for foreign diplomats.
The Technical Assistant to Isa Pantami, Dr. Femi Adeluyi in a statement signed and made available to Journalists disclosed that new NIMC centres has been activated and launched for NIN registration at the federal ministry of foreign Affairs.
According to Pantami, The desk will be activated on Tuesday,19th of January, 2021
Pantami said; ”The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has approved the setting up of a National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment centre at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”The statement read.
“This enrolment centre will provide support for members of the Diplomatic Corps and will be managed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, through the National Identity Management Commission.”
”The centre is being set up based on the request of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in order to simplify the process for diplomats.
“The National Identity Number is mandatory for diplomats who will reside in Nigeria for a continuous period of two years or more.”
”It is also mandatory for all other lawful residents in the country as stated in Section 16 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007.
“The Law has made it mandatory for Nigerians and legal residents to obtain a NIN since 2007. However, compliance has been low, until recently.“
OAU VOICES recall that the federal government had fixes January 19th, 2021 as deadline to block Users who fail to link NIN to thier SIM cards.