Nigerians who fail to enroll for the National Identification Number (NIN) could risk fines or imprisonment, or both of them, the minister of communication and digital economy Isa Pantami has revealed.
This was disclosed when he was addressing the press at the weekly presidential media briefing in Abuja.
The Minister disclosed that 51 million Nigerians have thus far been enrolled for NIN as of 31 March 2021.
While explaining that enrolling for NIN was in line with the amended 1999 Constitution, he stressed that nobody should enjoy government services without an identification number.
“National identity may be a law and it’s mandatory and for you to even conduct certain activities within this country without the number is an offence.
“For you to open a bank account without a National Identity Number is an offence. For you to pay tax is an offence, for you to access pension is an offence, for you to enjoy any government service, without having National Identity Number is an offence.
“For you to enjoy any government service without having a National Identity Number is an offence. Section 29 says, if you are doing any of those in Section 27 without obtaining the national identity, you’ve got committed a criminal offence which will cause fine or imprisonment or both of them and this is often 14 years,” he said.
Pantami said that no country would achieve success in education, health, budget planning or national planning without a database of its citizens.
“What I inherited on the database was 20 percent of our population. But we might like to make sure that before we quit we would look at the database and be pleased with our country,” he said.