Nigerians living in the diaspora, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, have enlisted for their National Identification Number, according to Malam Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy (NIN).
According to him, over ten enrollment centers have been established in the United Kingdom and the United States to meet the needs of numerous Nigerians living in those countries.
He said this in Paris at the Nigeria International Partnership Forum.
No fewer than 67 million people in Nigeria have registered for National Identification Number (NIN), as over 6000 centres were set up in the country.
Pantami explained that the NIN database was designed in such a way that those between the ages of 15 and 60 were caught initially, with 92 percent of those in that category being captured.
He stated that the present focus was on children from one to fourteen years old.
According to the minister, the government places a high value on NIN enrolment because it is the foundation for economic progress, national security, and protecting investors from unscrupulous forces.
“With NIN enrolment, the identity of citizens and legal residents will be known and whosoever goes online, the identity will be known by the Federal Government and security institutions.
“You cannot open an account, process travelling passport, driver licence without obtaining NIN and it has become a prerequisite to accessing government services and to bring peace of mind to prospective investors,’’ he said.