36.6 m NIN Issued to Nigerians- NIMC
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued 36.6 million National Identity Numbers (NIN) to Nigerians as at September 11.
The Director-General of the commission, Aliyu Aziz, disclosed this at an interactive session with journalists ahead of National Identity Day celebration in the country, slated for September 16.
Mr Aziz said the ongoing enrolment of citizens for the NIN would help to address security challenges confronting the country as it would enable security agencies to identify the culprits via their national identity data base.
“Security challenge is a known problem, so if everyone is identified in Nigeria via national identity number, anytime somebody commits crime, he or she can be easily identified.
“We can ensure that every Nigerian has his or her National Identity Number (NIN) so that he or she can be identified as a Nigerian because that will go a long way in ensuring national security.
“One of the problems we have in security has to do with our inability to identify who is a Nigerian or a foreigner residing in Nigeria,” he said.
Mr Aziz said the commemoration of the day would be used to create awareness for Nigerians to get enrolled into the database of NIMC for the purpose of economic development and national security.
“The federal government has approved for NIMC to join the coalition of International Identity Day, (IID) coming on Sept.16 in recognition of United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs).