Ebun Francis| The federal government on Thursday said no fewer than 51 million Nigerians have enrolled for the National Identity Number (NIN).
Nigeria’s minister of communication and digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, who made the disclosure while briefing reporters at the sixth edition of the ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team in Abuja, warned that while the failure to obtain the NIN could lead to between seven and 14 years imprisonment for Nigerians as stipulated by the Constitution, no one should enjoy government services without the number.
He stressed that although obtaining a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card was optional, it was mandatory for all citizens to enroll for the NIN.
According to him, it was important for transactions in the country to be conducted with the NIN.
The minister also believes rather than the population census which can be manipulated, NIN will determine the accurate number of Nigerians because of its uniqueness and tamper-proof.
Pantami equally announced that the aggregate registration for SIM across the country has hit 189 million, noting that out of the figure, 150 million are completed registration while the remaining have problems of improper registration.