Nigeria makes NIN mandatory for diplomats, legal residents, opens enrolment centres
Nigeria on Sunday said it has opened an enrolment centre for foreign diplomats in the country to enable them to obtain the National Identity Numbers (NIN), noting that the NIN is mandatory for them.
The enrolment centre, which was established for them at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be managed by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
According to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami in a statement by his Technical Assistant, Femi Adeluyi, the centre is being set up based on the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
“The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has approved the setting up of a National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment centre at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
”The desk will be set up by Tuesday, 19th of January, 2021.
“This enrolment centre will provide support for members of the Diplomatic Corps and will be managed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, through the National Identity Management Commission.
“The centre is being set up based on the request of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in order to simplify the process for diplomats.
“The National Identity Number is mandatory for diplomats who will reside in Nigeria for a continuous period of two years or more.
”It is also mandatory for all other lawful residents in the country as stated in Section 16 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007.
“The Law has made it mandatory for Nigerians and legal residents to obtain a NIN since 2007. However, compliance has been low, until recently.“