National Identification Number (NIN) enrollment rose to 85.59 million as of July 7, 2022, according to the latest data released by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
This shows an increase of 2.86 million registrations compared to the 82.73 million registered on May 26.
In terms of gender distribution, the NIMC data shows that 48 million, or 56%, of Nigerians recorded in the NIN database so far are male, while 37.52 million, or 44%, are female.
According to the statistics, Lagos state has recorded the highest number of enrollments in the country so far with 9.73 million Nigerians imprisoned in the state. This was followed by Kano State, which registered 7.3 million registered NINs.
Other states that made the top ten in terms of enrollment are Kaduna with 5 million; Ogun with 3.5 million; Oyo with 3.4 million; FCT by 3 million; Katsina with 2.8 million; Rivers with 2.6 million; Delta with 2.3 million; and Niger with 2.2 million.
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The bottom state:
NIMC data shows that the 10 states with the lowest NIN issued are Imo 1.4 million; Zamfara 1.4 million; Enugu 1.4 million; Abia 1.3 million; Yobe 1.2 million; Taraba 1.2 million; Cross River 978,063; Ekiti 939,302; Ebonyi 689,555; and Bayelsa 552,597.
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In terms of regional distribution of registrations, Northwest has 26%; Southwest 25%; North Central 17%; Northeast 12%; South-South 12% and Southeast 8%.
What you should know
Nigeria had struggled for years to establish a credible national database through the NIN, but without success. However, with the new government policy introduced in December 2020 requiring all mobile subscribers to link their SIM card to NIN, many Nigerians are forced to register for the national number. To address NIMC’s infrastructure limitations that had delayed the process for years, several companies, including the telecommunications operators, were licensed to act as enrollment agents. The government directive in April this year caused telecom operators to block outgoing calls from unconnected phone lines, affecting about 75 million people. To bring back those whose phone lines were blocked, telecom operators have courted their customers with various offers to encourage them to register and connect their lines. For example, Globacom introduced ‘Glo NIN Offer’. The company noted that the “Glo NIN offer is a one-time bonus offer that only applies to customers who were not allowed to make outgoing calls on the Glo network as directed by regulatory authorities due to non-compliance with NIN.” Once subscribers link their NIN to their SIM card, they get a bonus of N20,000 which can be used to make calls, browse and text on the network. Airtel has also called on affected subscribers to reconnect their lines and get N20,000 free airtime and data credit.