Nigerians demand seamless NIN registration as Coker-Odusote takes charge

Published: 26/Aug/2023
Source: The Guardian (Abuja)

By Adeyemi Adepetun

A banker, who simply identified herself as Bukola Adegbaju, was seen at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) office in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, recently. Her mission was to correct an error on her National Identification Number (NIN) slip, which had to do with her date of birth, but she had not been attended to after three days of visiting the office.

“The mistake was from NIMC because I gave them the correct details. When the slip came out, it was another thing entirely that came out. I had contacted someone at the FESTAC Secretariat, who said I should bring N40, 000 and that within four days, the error would be sorted, but I don’t have that amount of money. That’s why I came to Alausa, where I learnt they collect N15, 000 to rectify mistake. Today (yesterday) made it the third day of coming, but I have not been attended to. The crowd is much; you too can see the crowd yourself. I need the corrected NIN slip to process my international passport. I want to leave this country,” Adegbaju stated.

Chinedu Okorie, who also wanted to correct an error made in his son’s NIN had to visit the Ikeja office severally to get it done, even with insider assistance, but it would take three months for the correction to be effected in all other data bases. “What it means is that I have to suspend my son’s visa until the correction reflects completely. If not, the discrepancy in the names would deny him a study visa to the United States,” Okorie said.

Harrison Etiku, who visited the centre for name correction, also said: “I have been here since 7am and up till now (2:47pm) I’m yet to be attended to, even in this hot sun. I have been in the sun, walking up and down.”


Nigeria secured $430 million to finance the project with the World Bank’s International Development Association credit of $115 million alongside co-financing of $100 million from the French Agency for Development and $215 million from the European Investment Bank.

A report claimed that only $35.6 million had been disbursed for the implementation of the project as of April 30, 2023.

Further analysis of current July NIMC data showed that a total of 634,603 new enrollees were added to the database.

Analysis of the July database showed that Lagos remained the state with the highest number of enrollments in the country with 11.07 million Nigerians captured. This was followed by Kano State, which recorded nine million registered NINs.

Other states that made the top 10 in terms of the number of enrollments include Kaduna with 6.3 million; Ogun with 4.3 million; Oyo with 3.9 million; Katsina 3.5 million; FCT with 3.4 million; Rivers 3 million; Bauchi 2.7 million and Delta, which also recorded 2.7 million.

NIMC listed the 10 states with the lowest NIN issued to include Akwa-Ibom, 1.7 million; Imo, 1.7 million; Kogi, 1.7 million; Enugu, 1.63 million; Yobe, 1.6 million; Taraba, 1.46 million; Cross River, 1.16 million; Ekiti, 1 million; Ebonyi, 810,612 and Bayelsa, 638,660.

In terms of gender distribution of the enrollees, the NIMC data reveals that 57.7 million, representing 56.79 per cent of Nigerians so far captured in the NIN database are males. On the flip side, 43.9 million, representing 43.21 per cent of the total enrollees are females.
According to NIMC, Diaspora capture is now 464,624, where females have 192,567 NINs and males 272,057.


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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2023