The Nasarawa state Bureau for ICT (BICT) has commenced operations as a licensed provider for the enrolment of Nigerians for the issuance of the National Identification Number (NIN).
Speaking at one of the functional centres the Director General Shehu Ibrahim stated that the registration exercise would be carried out concurrently across the 13 LGAs of the state for free, stating that the Nasarawa state government would try to ease the heavy human traffic at many registration centres across the state, as most people were making frantic efforts to registration ahead of the deadline to link their NINs with mobile lines ,
The DG stated that with the inclusion of Nasarawa State to conduct enrolment of all persons including legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB) on behalf of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the hardship faced to register would be reduced especially in the urban areas in the first phase.
He further explained that with BICT being a partner in Digital Identity Ecosystem , Nasarawa State residents would receive a broader range of enrolment and NIN collection centres , equally supporting the National Identify Ecosystem to conduct enrollment of all persons through data capture services and NIN issuance.
Lastly he disclosed that technicians were franticly working to ensure all 13 centres were up and running in ALL the LGAs within the coming week, further stating that residents within the state capital could visit the Taal Elibrary in Lafia where enrolment services would be available from 8 am – 5pm Monday –Saturday, hinting that all the E-libraries and some Local Government Secretariats would be used as enrolment centres.
The Federal Government had approved an extension of the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to the 30th of June, 2021.
It is noteworthy that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of NIN for accessing several government services. This is similar to the use of Social Security Number and National Insurance Number for accessing services in the United States of America and the United Kingdom respectively.
The Federal Government has called on citizens and residents to obtain their NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension