Nigerians Without NIN Are Risking 14 Years Imprisonment – Minister

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has said Nigerians who do not have the National Identity Number NIN are joking with 14 years imprisonment.
Pantami said this today Thursday during a briefing organised by the Presidential Villa Media department in Abuja, noting that over 51 million Nigerians have so far enrolled for the National Identity Number (NIN).Nigerians Without NIN Are Risking 14 Years Imprisonment - Minister Dr Isa Pantami
Stating that the NIN will determine the accurate number of Nigerians because of its uniqueness and tamper-proof quality, contrary to population census that is susceptible to manipulation, the Minister said it is, however, a requirement by law which many citizens have chosen to ignore. He added that many of the transactions conducted in the country were supposed to be done with NIN.
“Based on the requirement by law each and every citizen and legal resident must obtain his/her National Identification Number (NIN), which is being coordinated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). It’s a requirement by law but many citizens ignore it”, he said.
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“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. No country will be successful in education, health, budget planning or national planning without database of its citizens in place.
Pantami then warned that Nigerians risked between seven to 14 years of imprisonment as prescribed by the constitution if they failed to obtain the NIN registration, adding that government would not allow citizens to enjoy services without an identified number.Nigerians Without NIN Are Risking 14 Years Imprisonment - MinisterTRENDING VIDEO OF THE DAY
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