The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), says it had captured over 33 million Nigerians in its data base as at October 2018.
Loveday Ogbonna, Head of Corporate Communication (NIMC), who disclosed this in Abuja, said the figure comprised of both adults and children.
He, however, decried the low turnout of children in the National Identification Number (NIN) registration.
According to him, the registration for NIN is a lifetime opportunity and having NIN as an individual will strengthen and aid service delivery.
Ogbonna further noted that obtaining NIN would promote socio-economic inclusion as well as development for hundreds of poor people in the country.
He advised Nigerians and Legal Residents to take their children and wards of all ages for enrolment at any NIMC registration centre across the country.
“Enrolment of minors is ongoing and has no age bracket, parents are encouraged to bring children that are one year and above so that the camera can capture their faces very well.
“What we have observed is that it is difficult to take pictures of children below one year, so we advise parents to wait until their kids are one year old.
“Parents and guardians must present their NIN and their children’s birth certificate before their children or ward can be enrolled and issued a National Identification Number,’’ he said.
He, therefore, advised that Nigerians should utilise the opportunity to get registered, adding that NIN has so many social benefits which include access to government services.
“It also enables you to assert your identity; nobody mistakes you for another; no matter how identical you are, NIN singles you out,” Ogbonna added.
Ogbonna added that for one to obtain a driver’s license, he or she must present the NIN as a basic requirement, saying NIN is also a basic requirement for obtaining an International Passport.
He cautioned that double enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB) for the NIN is a crime and a punishable offence.