Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has warned Nigerians without the National Identification Number (NIN) risk up to 14 years imprisonment.
The minister made this known at the weekly Presidential Media briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Media Team in Abuja on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
According to him, 51 million Nigerians have already registered as of March 31, 2021. While encouraging other Nigerians to do the same and register for NIN, the minister warned that erring members of the public risks between 7 and 14 years imprisonment as stipulated by the Nigerian constitution.
Pantami explained that although obtaining a SIM card is optional, NIN is mandatory and many transactions around the country should not be carried out without the identification number.
“Based on the requirement by law each and every citizen and legal resident must obtain his/her National Identification Number, which is being coordinated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). It’s a requirement by law but many citizens ignore it.
“What we achieved in the area of enrolment from the time Mr President has directed me to supervise NIMC till date is unprecedented and we would continue to ensure that in the next few years we have an almost a complete data base of all our citizens in the country.
“No country will be successful in education, health, budget planning or national planning without data base of its citizens in place.
“What I inherited in the database was less than 20 per cent of our population. But we want to ensure that before we leave office we would look at the database and be proud of our country,” he said.