- Federal government has announced the creation of NIN enrolment centre for diplomats residing in the country
- Communication and digital economy minister Isa Pantami said the desk for the centre will be set up on Tuesday, January 19
- Pantami said enrolment for NIN is compulsory for all lawful residents in the country and foreigners who have lived more than two years
The federal governmen has announced National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment centres for the members of the diplomatic corps residing in the country.
This disclosure was made on Sunday, January 18, by the minister of communication and digital economy, Malam Isa Pantami through a statement by his aide on information technology, Femi Adeluyi.
Pantami said the approved centre will be set up by Tuesday, January 19, at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the request of the honourable minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
The minister said this will "simplify the process for diplomats" especially those who have been or will reside in "Nigeria for a continuous period of two years or more."
Part of the statement read:
"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.
"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 Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy remains committed to creating an enabling environment for all Nigerians and legal residents to obtain their Digital Identity Number."
According to NIMC's spokesman, Kayode Adegoke, the minister of communications and digital economy gave the directive on Saturday, January 16.
Adegoke also disclosed that the minister reactivated 20 other centers within the FCT to make the process of NIN enrolment much easier for applicants effective on Monday, January 18.
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