- The federal government has given a fresh update about NIN registration for diplomats in the country
- The National Identity Management Commission revealed when the special registration commenced
- The agency disclosed what prompted the NIN enrolment for diplomats
The federal government has commenced the National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment of foreign diplomats in Nigeria.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) disclosed in a statement on Friday, January 22, that the enrolment of the diplomats started on January 18.
The spokesperson for the NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, said the registration of diplomats was in line with the directive of the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
He said the process would ensure the enrolment of all diplomats across the country for the purpose of the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage and other needs.
“The NIMC wishes to assure members of the general public that all hands are on deck to ensure the enrolment of all Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database.”
He sought the cooperation of the citizens for the success of the on-going registration exercise.
Meanwhile, the federal government on Tuesday, January 19, insisted that it will uphold the deadline for linkage of the NIN with SIMs.
Speaking on the development, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) said the telecoms operators have been told to shut down SIMs not linked with NIN after the last day.
The NCC said there is no going back on the February 9 deadline.
It, however, expressed satisfaction over the turnout and "impressive response" of Nigerians as 47.8 million subscribers have submitted their NIN to their respective service providers.
In another news, the Nigerian government has said that the use of NIN is now a mandatory requirement for registration for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by candidates.
Nigerian Tribune reports that this was disclosed in Abuja on Thursday, January 21, by the minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, during the 2020 ministerial press briefing.
He ordered the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), to work out modalities with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for implementation.
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