The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that Nigerians without the National Identification Number (NIN) ran the risk of being regarded as non-citizens.
The commission made this known at a media briefing on Saturday in Lagos, during which it said that it has a target to register 28 million Nigerians into the NIN system by the end of 2017.
The Director General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz, who said that anyone without the NIN issued by the commission ran the risk of being regarded as a non-citizen, adding that:
“The commission embarked on an enrolment strategy in 2012 which has grown exponentially since 2015.
“Now we have reached 18.5 million and the focus which is our goal is that by 2017 ending, the commission would have reached 28 million people.
“The main aim of the registration is to have a single identification.”
He listed the many benefits of the NIN to include one person one identity, enhanced participation in the political process and its value as an important tool to fight corruption and terrorism.
Aziz said the NIN would enable citizens to exercise their rights and facilitate management of subsidies and safety net payments as applicable to internally displaced persons.
He said that to achieve this, the commission needed to tackle some of the challenges it was facing, such as data captured being very poor and absence of a central ID repository.