Failure to register for NIN will result in a 14-year imprisonment – Isa Ali Pantami


Communications and Digital Economy, Minister, Isa Pantami, has reminded all Nigerians to enroll for the NIN (National Identification Number) stressing that no country would be successful without a reliable database of its citizens.⁣

He also stated that those who fail to obtain their NINs and link them with their mobile numbers risk seven or 14 years behind bars as stipulated in the nation’s constitution.⁣

He made this known during a weekly media briefing at the State House in Abuja.

“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),” the minister said. “It’s a requirement by law but many citizens ignore it.⁣

“No country will be successful in education, health, budget planning or national planning without a database of its citizens in place.⁣

“What I inherited in the database was less than 20 per cent of our population. But we want to ensure that before we leave office we would look at the database and be proud of our country,’’ he added.⁣

According to the minister, only 150 million out of the 189 million mobile phone subscribers have completed their NIN linkage, while the rest have improper registration problems.⁣


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