Communication Minister, Isa Pantami, on Thursday said that Nigerians who failed to obtain the National Identification Number risked spending up to 14 years in prison.
Pantami, who spoke with journalists in Abuja, also said that about 51 million citizens had so far been enrolled for NIN as of March 31, 2021.
He said, “Based on the requirement by law, each and every citizen and legal resident must obtain his/her National Identification Number, which is being coordinated by the National Identity Management Commission.
“It’s a requirement by law but many citizens ignore it.
“No country will be successful in education, health, budget planning or national planning without a database of its citizens in place.
“What I inherited in the database was less than 20 per cent of our population. But we want to ensure that before we leave office we would look at the database and be proud of our country.”
The minister also said that about 189 million SIM subscribers had been registered in the country.
According to him, only 150 million out of the 189 million have successfully completed their registration while the remaining have problems of improper registration.
Pantami has also restated that while obtaining a SIM card may be optional, NIN is mandatory.