The federal government through the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy has announced the licensing of 173 centres and 30 state institutions for the enrolment of the National Identity Number (NIN).
The centres will be responsible for the enrolment of all persons including legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB) on behalf of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Premium Times reports.
This came after the expiration of the two-week grace given by the government telecom service providers to block phone numbers without NIN.
The new notice issued by the ministry read:
“The minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), has approved the licensing of 173 Agents and 30 state governments/public sector institutions to conduct enrolment of all persons including legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB) on behalf of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).”
“Pursuant to the above, find the list of all the successful firms who satisfied all the evaluation criteria as stated in the Advert for the Expression of Interest (EOI) of each of the respective categories in full.
“The commission congratulates all those who have been cleared to conduct enrollment of all persons on behalf of NIMC for data capture services.”
Earlier, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) had mandated the telecommunications operators across the country to block all the SIM cards not linked with NIN.