The Minister of communications and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Pantami has announced that Nigerians who are yet to get their National Identification Number (NIN) risk up to 14 years imprisonment as stipulated by the Nigerian constitution.
He made this announcement in a State House briefing.
According to him, while owning a Sim card is optional, the NIN is mandatory as lot of transactions are being made with the NIN.
Going further, Ali Isa Pantami noted that there are 189 million Sim card users in Nigeria but only 51 million Nigerians had registered for their NIN as of March 31, 2021.
Out of this figure, he disclosed the 150 million have complete registrations while the remainder has issues with improper registration.
“Based on the requirement by law, each and every citizen and the 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.
“No country will be successful in education, health, budget planning, or national planning without a database of its citizens in place.” he added.