- 447,414 Nigerians in exile enlisted
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued 101 million National Identification Numbers (NINs).
According to the most recent NIMC data, the total number of NINs issued is now 101,013,279. According to the data, the commission added 5,935,362 NINs to the database in the last six months. As of January 2023, the figure stood at 95,077,917.
According to NIMC, of the 101 million NINs issued, males have 57.3 million, or 56.76 percent, while females have 43.57 million, or 43.2 percent.
Further examination of the June data reveals that Lagos State had the highest cumulative enrolment figure of almost 11 million, with 4.99 million females and six million men issued the NIN.
Kano has 8.9 million NINs (3.8 million women and 5.1 million men), Kaduna has 6.2 million (2.8 million women and 3.46 million men), and Ogun has 4.2 million (two million women and 2.2 million men).
Oyo has a total of 3.91 million NINs. Katsina (3.46 million) and Abuja (3.4 million) are the next largest cities. Rivers has three million recipients, Bauchi has 2.7 million, and Delta has 2.67 million.
According to NIMC, Akwa Ibom has 1.71 million people, Imo has 1.7 million, Kogi has 1.69 million, Enugu has 1.62 million, and Yobe has 1.57 million. Taraba (1.45 million), Cross River (1.15 million), Ekiti (one million), Ebonyi (804,592), and Bayelsa (635,277) are the other states.
According to NIMC, regional figures show an almost equal distribution across the North and South, and it has granted 447,414 identity numbers for diaspora registration, with 186,034 NINs going to women and 261,280 NINs going to men.
MEANWHILE, Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, Director-General of the NIMC, stated that a robust and secure e-identity system is critical to advancing digital infrastructure and promoting financial inclusion.
He recently presented in Lagos at the ‘CIO Club Africa Summit: Digital Economy and Nexus between e-Identity, Connectivity, and Financial Inclusion’.
The DG, who was represented by Femi Fabunmi, Assistant General Manager, Database, NIMC, stated that the commission was trying to give the nation with a unique and secure national identity system.
“As we move forward, it is clear that the intersection of E-identity, or digital identity, connectivity, and financial inclusion will be critical to driving sustainable development in the digital age,” he said.
“An important component of this nexus is the requirement for a dependable and secure e-identity system to serve as the foundation for digital transactions and financial services.” The National Identity Management Commission is trying to equip every Nigerian with a unique national identification number and a digital identity card, which is excellent. This will allow citizens to securely and conveniently access a variety of services, including financial services.”
He believes that the value of connectedness in this digital age cannot be overstated.
“The digital economy relies on high-speed internet assets and dependable connectivity to function effectively,” he continued.
“With initiatives such as the National Broadband Plan and the licensing of new broadband providers, Nigeria has made significant progress in expanding broadband assets.” However, more has to be done to ensure that all Nigerians, particularly those in rural regions, have access to inexpensive and dependable internet.”