The Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Bayo Onanuga, has called on all eligible Nigerians to register with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to obtain the national electronic identity card.
Onanuga made this call when he visited the commission’s Acting General Manager, Operations/Regional Coordinator, North Central, Mrs. Florence Oloruntade, on Thursday in Abuja.
He urged all eligible Nigerians to register without further delay to avail themselves of the benefits available in obtaining the card.
He noted that the importance of the card cannot be overemphasised as one would hardly transact any government or other business these days without such identification, adding that the card identifies one for life.
While responding, Oloruntade explained that the National Identity Number(NIN) is the most important token issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria for citizens and legal residents to assert their identities.
She said Nigerians should note that the NIN, which is issued after successful enrolment on a slip, is the foundational identity of the holder stored on the National Identity Database.
“The NIN can be verified and authenticated by institutions and persons in both the public and private sectors, using the verifications and authentication platform already deployed by the Commission.
“The NIN verification portal has been deployed for banks and other service providers to take advantage for the purpose of ease of doing business,” she said.
She disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has also directed the banks accordingly on the database.
She further advised Nigerians who have lost their NIN slip to visit the nearest NIMC state office and request for a reprint, which will only cost N500 deposit into the government’s coffer.
Oloruntade also said that Nigerians can make use of the Commission’s website to check the status of their National e-ID Card.
“What you have to do is to login to the web portal and follow the link.
“Click the proceed button, fill in your First Name, Last Name and the last 6-digits of your NIN.”
She further disclosed that the NIMC is partnering the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry to enroll all participants who will attend the 12th Abuja International Trade Fair, 2017, and issue them the National Identification Number (NIN).
She, therefore, urged participants and visitors who will be at the fair to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll at the NIMC enrolment stand.
“Enroll for the NIN today, and be identified for life,” she added.