The National Identification Number (NIN) is what the federal government uses to establish the identities of all Nigerians.
Nigerians and other legal residents, from age 16 and above are eligible to enrol for their NINs.
Getting NIN is important for every Nigerian because it is used to harmonise all the records about individuals in the country.
These include demographic data, fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, and other biometric data and digital signature in the National Identity Database which make it easy to confirm and verify a person's identity.
Recently, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) made it compulsory for all Nigerians using mobile SIM to update their record using the NIN.
The commission gave two weeks deadline to disconnect any Nigerian subscriber who fails to link the NIN with his/her mobile number.
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However, apart from the SIM card requirement, NIN is also required for some other important documents listed below:
1. Bank account opening
Nigerian banks accept NIN as a form of identity for account opening or reactivation of dormant accounts and retirement saving accounts.
2. International passport
3. Drivers licence
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has equally made it compulsory for anyone who wants to collect driver's license to also provide NIN as a means of identification.
The enforcement of this commenced on Monday, December 21.
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Meanwhile, the federal government has extended the deadline for the linking of the NIN to mobile phone numbers.
Legit.ng gathered that this was contained in a statement issued by the federal ministry of communications and digital economy.
The statement was jointly signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta; and director-general, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz.
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