NIMC issues additional 3.6m NINs as enrolment hits 80.7m
Between March 31 and April 23 this year, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) issued additional 3.6 million National Identification Numbers (NINs), pushing the total figure to 80.7 million.
As at March 31, when the NIN-SIM exercise deadline expired, issued NINs stood at 77.1 million. Statistics from NIMC showed that the commission had since increased the figure.
The Guardian analysis of the data showed that 56 per cent, about 45.4 million NINs, were issued to men, while 44 per cent, that is 35.3 million, were handed over to women.
Geo-political statistics indicated the North West region currently leads in terms of citizens that have been issued NINs. People in the region have 20.5 million (25 per cent) NINs as at April 23. South West is with 20.2 million (25 per cent); North Central, 13.6 million (17 per cent); North East, 9.9 million (12 per cent); South South, 9.3 million (12 per cent) and South East, 6.8 million (nine per cent).
Further analysis showed that Lagos leads the 10 states with the highest issued NINs. 9.9 million people have NINs in the state. Kano is second with 6.7 million NINs; Kaduna, 4.7 million; Ogun, 3.4 million; Oyo 3.3 million; Abuja, 2.9 million; Katsina, 2.5 million; Rivers, 2.4 million; Delta, 2.2 million and Niger, 2.1 million.
Diaspora issuance showed 152, 441 NINs have been issued, with the female folks getting 67,299, and men, 85,142.
The NIMC, has however, appealed to subscribers, who had linked their SIMs but whose telephone lines are barred. The commission said it could be as a result of some subscribers’ SIM registration information being inconsistent with that particular user’s NIN records.
“Kandy visit your network service provider to update your information and link your NIN to your SIM using the official channels,” it advised.
MEANWHILE, telcos, under the aegis of Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), has said they are in collaboration with the NIMC to unbarred unlinked lines in Nigeria.
ALTON Chairman, Seminars/Events Committee, Adejumoke Ajala, made the disclosure at the ‘Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF22),’ organised by Paradigm Initiative in Lagos.