Ms Hadiza Dagabana, Acting Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), said that every Nigerian, regardless of her age, was given a National Identity Number (NIN) free of charge.
Speaking in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Abuja, Dagabana said NIN is a prerequisite for any Nigerian and legal resident to enter government services.
“Personality is one of the most important milestones within the United Nations Development Goals. Thus, each country is expected to ensure that its citizens and legal residents are identified within a specified period of time.
“So, we are working to achieve this with the support of our partners to enable us to register in the form of NINs and to give us digital identity.”
“Therefore, no matter what you are on a piece of paper, you need to be able to be authenticated in a national identity database at any time, so that you can’t remember it.
“The NIN slip that the Nigerians temporarily designate is not temporary, because the NIN is written in your document, not temporary, but a unique identity document for this person,” he said.
According to Dagaban, the National Identification Number does not have a validity period, but said that the number would be placed on a soft base for that person when one died.
“In this way, we will be able to identify people living in the country, and in this number, the government can make an effective plan for better service delivery,” he said.
He also said that parents and guardians must submit their NIN and child birth certificates before the children or wards are registered and the NIN for records under 16 years of age.
“But the child’s biometrics are related to their parents’ biometrics. When a child reaches the age of 16, he or she may come for biometrics,” he said.
He advised Nigerians to use the opportunity to register and said that NIN has many social benefits to access public services.
“We currently register from 164 locations in Nigeria with special offices that we cooperate with, both with our offices and with federal and provincial governments, including some service providers.
“We have officers there to register Nigerians and they are free. The first thing you get when registering is the National Identity Number (NIN),” she explained.