- The minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has urged Nigerians to register for NIN before the deadline
- Pantami made the plea in Abuja on Thursday, April 1, at a press briefing
- The minister, however, denied the report credited to him that Nigerian who refuses to get the NIN risk 14 years imprisonment
The minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, denied a statement reportedly made by him that Nigerians without National Identification Number (NIN) risk 14 years imprisonment.
Legit.ng reports that in a tweet on his Twitter page, DrIsaPantami, on the evening of Thursday, April 1, the minister said he was quoted out of context.
Pantami said he did not mention 14 years imprisonment, adding that he stated that the National Information Management Commission (NIMC) has been 14 years in existence since 2007.
"This has been quoted out of context. Pantami has not mentioned "14 years imprisonment." But said NIMC has been 14 years in existence, since 2007.
"Since the session has been recorded by journalists. It is better to release the video for public to listen to it, please. Best wishes!
The Punch has earlier reported that the minister said at the weekly presidential media briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Media Team in Abuja on Thursday, April 1, that Nigerians without NIN risk 14 years imprisonment.
Legit.ng gathered that Pantami said that 51 million Nigerians have enrolled for the National Identification Number as of March 31, 2021.
The minister encouraged Nigerians to enrol for NIN, warning that “those yet to obtain the NIN risk seven or 14 years imprisonment” as stipulated by the Nigerian constitution.
He explained that while obtaining a SIM card may be optional, NIN is mandatory and that a lot of transactions in the country are not supposed to be carried out without NIN.
“Based on the requirement by law each and every citizen and the legal resident must obtain his/her National Identification Number, which is being coordinated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). It’s a requirement by law but many citizens ignore it.
“What we achieved in the area of enrolment from the time Mr. President has directed me to supervise NIMC till date is unprecedented and we would continue to ensure that in the next few years we have an almost complete database of all our citizens in the country.
He added that no country would be successful in education, health, budget planning or national planning without a database of its citizens in place.
The minister noted that what he inherited in the database was less than 20% of our population, assuring that he wants to ensure that before he leaves office, he would look at the database and be proud of our country.
The Guardian also reports that Pantami announced that about 189 million Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) have been registered in the country.
He said the improper registration has posed a challenge, but stated that the government was currently dealing with the situation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) launched a new Mobile Web Service (MWS) application and improved National Identity Number (NIN) slips for public use.
It was reported that the app was launched by the minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, through the director-general/chief executive officer of NIMC, Aliyu A. Aziz.
The head of corporate communications of NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, said the new app comes with an improved NIN slip for public use.