Lagos State now tops the National Identification Number (NIN) chart with 8.7 million out of the 75.36 million enrolments in the mandatory digital identification of Nigerians, official data reviewed today by Technology Times has shown.
As of February 21, this year, Nigeria’s total digital ID enrolments data shows that 75.36 million unique records have been captured across Nigeria and the diaspora, with in-country trends revealing that Lagos recorded 8,702,838, according to data released by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Regional figures, the ID manager says, indicated an equal distribution across the Northern and Southern parts of the country within the period.
Apart from the regional trend, an overview shows that more men have been captured as the gender trend shows 56% male enrolment against 44% females so far recorded by the Federal ID manager and custodian of digital ID records, NIMC.
|TOP PERFORMING STATES AS AT 21 /FEB./ 2022|
By February 21, Lagos led the Top 10 States by nationwide NIN enrolments with 8,702,838 followed by Kano, 6,148,337; Kaduna, 4,485,752; Oyo, 3,068,005 and Ogun, 3,044,046. Others include FCT Abuja, 2,836,167; Rivers, 2,296,830 and Katsina, 2,255,297, according to the ID manager’s data.
On the flip side, NIMC says, the Bottom 10 States for NIN enrolments is led by Akwa-Ibom with 1,350,087, followed by Imo, 1,278,015; Zamfara, 1,247,829; Enugu, 1,242,934 and Yobe, 1,108,883. Others include Taraba, 1,105,349; Ekiti, 865,024; Cross-River, 851,238; Ebonyi, 616,590 and Bayelsa, 511,694.
|BOTTOM PERFORMING STATES AS AT 21 /FEB./ 2022|
According to Nigerian laws, NIMC has been mandated to enrol and issue each Nigerian and legal resident in the country, with a unique identifier known as the National Identification Number (NIN) that serves as “a universal proof of identity.”
The National ID manager says it has also harmonised over 11 million Bank Verification Number (BVN) data from other public agencies, and under plans to accelerate the Nigerian digital identification, the Communications, and Digital Economy Ministry, the supervisory Ministry of NIMC mandated the NIN-SIM integration that requires every phone subscriber to link their unique ID information with the SIM provided their telecoms service provider.
NIMC on Mandatory Use of NIN
NIMC says its collaboration with Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and the general public towards embracing the mandatory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for identification has led to the rapid growth of the National Identity Database (NIDB), according to Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz, NIMC Director-General/CEO NIMC.
The NIMC, according to him, was established pursuant to Act No. 23 of 2007 to amongst others create and manage the National Identity Database, enrol citizens and legal residents and issue them a unique NIN, a general multipurpose card, as well as harmonise and integrate existing identification databases in Government Agencies into the National Identity Database.
“Section 27(1) and (2) of the Act, 2007 also mandates all Government and Private Agencies providing services as captured in the NIMC Act to make the NIN a prerequisite for service provision to Citizens and Legal residents,” the NIMC chief explains, noting that the “NIN not only affirms the identity of an individual, it also avails the government necessary information needed for national planning, creation of social intervention initiatives, allows individuals access services, claims, and entitlement, track and monitor crime, curb corruption nationwide amongst other numerous benefits.”
“The Ecosystem is a NIMC Project in partnership with the World Bank, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), and the European Union (EU) that seeks to scale up the enrolment process. The system will allow licensed Government and Private Partners to enrol and issue the NIN to individuals and send data to the NIMC backend. This will guarantee an increase in enrolment figures, expansion in Enrolment Centres Nationwide, and speedy delivery of the NIMC services.“
Nigerians and legal residents that are yet to enrol for the NIN, NIMC says, risk being disenfranchised, while government and private agencies that are not in compliance with the implementation of the mandatory use of NIN were urged to commence so “before the Commission begins high-scale enforcements very soon.”
NIN ENROLMENT* DISTRIBUTION BY STATE/DIASPORA AND GENDER
Professor Isa Pantami, Communications and Digital Economy Minister, recently announced that the Federal Government has extended the deadline for the NIN-SIM data verification to March 31, 2022, to make way for Nigerians and legal residents to complete the process.
“The decision to extend the deadline”, Pantami says, “was made further to appeals by the Mobile Network Operators and other industry stakeholders, soliciting for a further extension to ensure better compliance with government’s directive and to avoid widening the digital divide.”
According to him, “the extension would also provide the enabling environment for the registration of Nigerians in remote areas, diaspora, schools, hospitals, worship centres, as well as foreigners, diplomatic missions, those in other areas that were hitherto unreachable, and increase enrolments in countries with a significant number of Nigerians.”
The review of the progress of the exercise at the end of last year, the Minister says, shows that over 66 million unique NINs have been issued in “an indication of progress achieved in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage.”
“However,” Pantami notes, “a significant part of the populace is yet to be registered into the National Identity Database (NIDB), which may be due to some challenges which the Federal Government has looked into and has made efforts to alleviate, hence the need to extend the deadline.”
As of October 30, 2021, the Minister says, there were over 9,500 enrolment systems and over 8,000 NIN enrolment centres within and outside the country- this has significantly eased the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM. “The NIN-SIM verification process is supporting the Government’s drive to develop Nigeria’s digital economy, strengthen our ability to protect our cyberspace, and support the security agencies.”
The unique 66 million NIN enrolments, with an average of 3 to 4 SIMs linked to the NIN, according to Pantami, “is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to ensure the success of the project. With the creation of additional NIN enrolment centres within and outside the country, and many more coming up, the remaining citizens and legal residents living in the country and the diaspora should be able to obtain their NINs and link them with their SIMs before the end of the year.”
NIMC on Digital ID Ecosystem
According to Engr. Aziz, a digital ID ecosystem approach that involves stakeholders across public and private institutions will among others deliver the following benefits:
- Federal Government-led initiative to collect biometric data nationwide in one go;
- coordinated effort to avoid duplicating data collection at high cost and time;
- leverage existing ecosystem of Government agencies (including Federal, State and LGAs) and Private sector organisations;
- NIMC facilitates collecting identity data (biometric and demographic data)
- Partners collect data and are paid per successful enrolment;
- NIMC stores data and uses same to offer a Unique ID.
Editor’s Note: Top 10 Table in the story has been updated to correct the omission of Lagos State.