NIN Is Completely Free For All Nigerians And Legal Residents – FG

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The Federal Government has said that issuance of National Identition Number (NIN) is free to Nigerians and legal residents as the government is responsible for the cost of the registration.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, stated this following complaint from some applicants who alleged that they were being asked to pay for the service.

The Technical Assistant on Information Technology to the minister, Dr Femi Adeluyi, made this disclosure in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

He said, “The National Identity Number is completely free for all Nigerians and legal residents with Resident Permit from the Nigeria Immigration Service.

“The National Identity Number is the right of every citizen, based on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Act 2007.”

The Minister stated that he had instructed the Director-General of NIMC to investigate the allegations with a view to bringing the perpetrators, if any, to book.

Pantami added, “The Director-General will also provide a platform for such allegations to be reported.”

He applauded the sacrifice of the Management and staff of NIMC who have carried out their assignment conscientiously during, and even outside, working hours.

Pantami maintained that the ministry’s commitment to creating a favourable environment for all Nigerians and legal residents to obtain their National Identity Number.