In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 11th, June, 2020

Over 100 Million Nigerians Have No Kind Of Identification

Over 100 Million Nigerians Have No Form Of Identification


Aliyu Aziz


The Nationwide Id Administration Fee (NIMC) says greater than 100 million Nigerians don’t have any type of identification.


Aliyu Aziz, director-general of the NIMC, disclosed this throughout a gathering with editors held by way of Zoom on Wednesday.


Aziz, who spoke on the subject: “Strategic Roadmap for ID Growth”, stated lower than 50 p.c of the nation’s inhabitants is just not enrolled within the fee’s database.


“Over 100 million Nigerians don’t have any id (ID). These embody the poorest and probably the most weak teams, such because the marginalised – ladies and ladies, the less-educated folks, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, stateless individuals, folks with disabilities and folks residing in rural and distant areas,” he stated.

“The estimated inhabitants of Nigeria stands at 200 million. Solely about 38 p.c of the inhabitants have any type of ID.”


In response to the NIMC boss, the fee has issued 41.5 million distinctive identifiers, often known as nationwide identification numbers (NIN), because the graduation of id registration and enrolment in 2012.


He additionally stated the fee registers all Nigerian residents inside and out of doors the nation, in addition to authorized residents.

“Between 2012 until date, solely 41.5 million residents and authorized residents have been enrolled into the Nationwide Id Database (NIDB) and issued distinctive NIN, a mean of 5.2 million enrollments every year,” he stated.

“At this charge, it can take a very long time to enroll the rest of the folks at the moment residing within the nation as we speak, and by that point, about 292 million extra folks would have been added.

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“Therefore, the necessity for a method to enroll the backlog throughout the shortest attainable time. And that’s the reason for the thought of strategic roadmap and the start of the ecosystem method.”


Aziz stated whereas the id card had an expiration date, the NIN issued was for a lifetime, and emphasised the necessity for folks to be registered.

“Id issues so much for improvement, as inclusive and trusted ID programs might help obtain the objectives of empowering people and enhancing their entry to rights, companies and the formal financial system,” he added.

“It helps in strengthening transparency, selling effectivity and effectiveness in governance, service supply and accountability.

“It additionally helps personal sector improvement and repair supply, grows digital financial system in addition to regional and world integration in addition to generates dependable information.

“Good ID system helps improvement objectives, together with entry to finance, gender and equality, empowerment, entry to fundamental health and training companies, baby safety, migration and labour market alternatives, improved entry and high quality of social safety in addition to governance.”


He stated folks have been registering extra in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and Kano in comparison with different cities, whereas residents within the south-east appeared to point out little curiosity within the id capturing, NAN reported.


In response to the NIMC director-general, the fee had entered strategic partnerships with NAN, Nationwide Orientation Company (NOA), Nigerian Tv Authority (NTA) and different media businesses to sensitise Nigerians on the significance of id registration.


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