National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued new instructions in respect of the National Identification Number (NIN) earlier enforced by the federal government.
Many Nigerians believed that the automatic NIN that was generated for Nigerians during BVN creation by the bank should be enough. However, NIMC has discredited this information. They took to their Twitter official page with new instructions to Nigerians who are yet to enroll for their National Identity Card Management.
National Identity Management Commission posted on their Twitter page that the NIN generated by the BVN can only be used after it has been updated at the NIMC enrollment Center.
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NIN generated by the BVN can only be used after it has been updated at the NIMC enrollment Center.@DrIsaPantami @aliyuaziz @NgComCommission @Galaxybackbone @NITDANigeria @FMoCDENigeria @nimc_ng @ConsumersNCC @UwaSuleiman @NIPOSTNG pic.twitter.com/rl4hwq8lRi
— NIMC (@nimc_ng) January 11, 2021
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The additional notice on their Instagram page reads: “If your NIN was generated due to the BVN record harmonization with the National Identity Database, you will not have access to the NIMC mobile app and your NIN-SIM integration will be invalid. “Kindly visit an enrolment centre to complete your NIN registration.”
It was added that Nigerians should be careful of the fake app that claims to help link NIN to SIM cards. the app has been confirmed to be run by fraudsters who used it to harvest NINs and BVNs of some people already.
While it is still difficult for the majority of Nigerians to register at the NIMC centers, many have condemned the actions taken by the Federal Government, NIMC, and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for making Nigerians pass through stress during this Corona Pandemic.
Their workers are also most likely to go on strike if their demands are not met. It is as well difficult for Nigerians abroad to do the registration since centers approved by NIMC are closed due to COVID-19 lockdown.