The Federal Government has directed that the National Identity Number (NIN) is compulsory for bank accounts, voter registration, and other relevant transactions.
Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy made this known on 12th February 2021 as he hosted the newly elected government of the National Executive Council of the Association Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria.
He told them the need for the enforcement of NIN for the interest of the country’s growth and development of the country, which has long been neglected since the NIMC order of 2007. He said that NIN “is key to our national planning, budget, security, social development, and many more. But it was neglected despite being a mandatory number.”
“So we’ve come up with so many policies trying to ensure that our citizens obtain the number. It is important beyond SIM registration. It is important for whatever you do because it is the primary identity of our citizens.
“There’s no identity that will define you as a citizen more than that number. It is mandatory. And it is mandatory for transactions such as opening bank accounts, paying tax, voter registration and many more.”