Ali Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, says Nigerians yet to obtain their National Identification Number (NIN) risk up to 14 years imprisonment as stipulated by the Nigerian constitution.
Pantami said while owning a SIM card is optional, the NIN is mandatory as a lot of transactions are not supposed to be carried out without NIN.
The minister disclosed this at a State House press briefing on Thursday.
He added that 51 million Nigerians had registered for their NIN as of March 31, 2021.
Of this figure, he said 150 million have complete registrations while the remainder have problems of improper registration.
The minister explained that NIN will determine the total number of Nigerians that have registered.
“Based on the requirement by law, each and every citizen and legal resident must obtain his/her National Identification Number (NIN), which is being coordinated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC),” he said.
“It’s a requirement by law but many citizens ignore it.
“No country will be successful in education, health, budget planning or national planning without a database of its citizens in place.