- The federal government seems to be satisfied with the conduct of the on-going NIN registration
- Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, has spoken about a plan to involve the CBN in the biometric registration
- The minister explained the difference between NIN and BVN
The federal government has disclosed that it is making plans to ensure that all Nigerians who have Bank Verification Number (BVN) are given the National Identification Number (NIN).
The disclosure was made by Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy in Abuja on Monday, February 8, after a tour of telecoms operators and NIN enrolment centres, The Guardian reported.
He said his ministry is working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to realise the plan.
“We discussed with the CBN governor today on how to ensure that all our citizens with BVN will immediately be provided with the NIN. We are working on that, but facilitating the process lies on CBN to make it much easier for our people.”
According to The Nation, Pantami stated that NIN enrolment has the backing of Nigerian laws
The minister also explained the federal government has stated that arrangements are on-going to replace the Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) with the NIN.
He said while BVN was only for accounts holders with various banks, the NINs are for all Nigerians irrespective of their status.
Pantami stated that President Buhari is happy with the conduct of the exercise so far, adding that he had also briefed the National Economic Sustainability Committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the imperative of replacing BVN with NIN.
The Cable reports that the figure is higher than the 47.8 million NIN collected as of January 18.
Legit.ng gathered that in a statement announcing the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM linkage, the NIMC said each NIN is usually tied to an average of three to four SIM cards
The agency also noted that Over 1,060 registration centres for NIN have been activated.