Minister Isa Pantami Says ‘Any Nigerian Without NIN Risks 14 Years Imprisonment’

The Federal Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami has indicated that any Nigerian without a National Identification Number (NIN) risks 14 years imprisonment.

He made this known in a recent submission at the weekly Presidential Media briefing organized by the Presidential Communication Media Team.

In his submission, he said;

“Based on the requirement by law each and every citizen and the legal resident must obtain his/her National Identification Number, which is being coordinated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). It’s a requirement by law but many citizens ignore it.

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What we achieved in the area of enrolment from the time Mr President has directed me to supervise NIMC till date is unprecedented and we would continue to ensure that in the next few years we have an almost complete database of all our citizens in the country.

No country will be successful in education, health, budget planning or national planning without a database of its citizens in place.

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What I inherited in the database was less than 20 per cent of our population. But we want to ensure that before we leave office we would look at the database and be proud of our country.”