A file picture of a Nigerian holding a nationwide id card.
No fewer than 51 million Nigerians have enrolled for the National Identity Number (NIN), the Federal Government has mentioned.
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja whereas briefing State House correspondents.
He spoke on the sixth version of the ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team on the Presidential Villa within the nation’s capital.
Pantami warned that whereas the failure to acquire the NIN may result in between seven and 14 years imprisonment for Nigerians as stipulated by the Constitution, nobody ought to take pleasure in authorities providers with out the quantity.
He confused that though acquiring a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card was elective, it was necessary for all residents to enroll for the NIN.
The minister said that it was necessary for transactions within the nation to be carried out with the NIN.
He believes slightly than the inhabitants census which will be manipulated, NIN will decide the correct variety of Nigerians due to its uniqueness and tamper-proof.
Pantami equally introduced that the mixture registration for SIM throughout the nation has hit 189 million
He defined that out of the determine, 150 million are accomplished registration whereas the remaining have issues of improper registration.
The minister decried that improper registration of SIMs has posed a problem and the federal government has begun to deal with them.