It Is Compulsory For Diplomats To Have NIN – Federal Government


The federal government says the national identity number (NIN) is mandatory for diplomats who will be resident in Nigeria  for more than two years.

In a communique released on Sunday, Femi Adeluyi, technical assistant to Isa Pantami,  minister of communications and digital economy, pronounced that an enrollment centre will be installed at the ministry of foreign affairs.


He said the enrollment centre is being  put together after a request by Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs.


“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,” he said.

“The desk will be set up by Tuesday, 19th of January, 2021. 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.”

Adeluyi also aid it is compulsory or lawful residents in Nigeria to have NIN.


“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,” he said.


“The Law has made it mandatory for Nigerians and legal residents to obtain a NIN since 2007. However, compliance has been low, until recently.”


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had tasked all telecommunication companies to disconnect SIM cards of all subscribers who have not linked their national identity numbers with their phone lines by the end of January.


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