Nigerian Consulate in New York directs U.S-based citizens to register for NIN


Photo: Geofrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s FM

Ambassador Lot Egopija, Nigeria’s Consulate General in New York says  the federal government has directed Nigerians living in the United States of America to register for the National Identification Number (NIN).

Egopija who made this known at a town hall meeting with Nigerians resident in New York said that the directive to register for NIN came from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Consul-General, the exercise will kick off as soon as the Consulate concludes arrangements with the NIMC.

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The New York Consulate is one of Nigeria’s four diplomatic representations in the U.S., and Egopija said everyone within its jurisdiction will be enrolled into the database.

There’s been a surge in the number of Nigerians registering for their NIN since the government announced in December 2020 that any mobile phone subscriber without a NIN will have their SIM cards blocked in a matter of weeks.

Government has shifted the deadline at least six different times, with the latest one scheduled for October 2021. The extension was done to accommodate registration of foreigners, diplomatic missions, Nigerians in diaspora, and Nigerian residents in hard-to-reach remote areas.

Following the exposure of past comments of Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, which indicted him of having sympathised with terrorist and terrorist groups, the exercise was mired in serious controversy.

NIN is issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) upon enrolment into the National Identity Database and is used to capture an individual’s records.

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