NIMC registers 37.91 million Nigerians for National Identity Numbers in three years

THE National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) registered and issued a total of 37,906,617 National Identification Numbers (NIN) to Nigerians between 2019 and 2021. 

A report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that 5.84 million NINs were issued in 2019, 5.02 million in 2020, and 27.05 million in 2021. 

Also, the report revealed that Lagos, Kano, and Kaduna states have the highest registration numbers within the period. 

In 2019, the NIMC registered 595,284 people in Kaduna state, 560,757 in Lagos state, and 485,912 in Kano state.

In 2020, Lagos state recorded the highest number of registrations and issued national identity numbers with 523,901, followed by Kaduna state with 471,858, and Kano state with 373,352.

In 2021, Kano state recorded the highest number with 3,415,421, followed by Lagos state with 3,002,693, and Kaduna state with 1,434,331.

The rush for registration was not unconnected with the directive of the former president, Muhammadu Buhari, in December 2020 to withdraw the licence of any service provider who failed to link NIN to subscribers’ SIM cards.

Analysis of the  data

In the report captured for the three-year period, the North-West recorded the highest number of registration and national identity numbers issued, with 1,786,469, 1,516,089, and 8,690,903 in 2019, 2020, and 2021 respectively.

The South-East had the lowest number of registration and issued national identity numbers with 414,089, 360,332 and 1,601,481 in 2019, 2020, and 2021 respectively.

While the North-Central had a total of 6,021,127 million registered people, the North-East had 5,225,194, South-South had 3,494,928, and the South-West had 8,795,996 registered people.



    By gender, the data showed that more males registered for NIN than females. In 2019, 52.58 per cent of men registered, compared to 42.41 per cent of females.

    In 2020, women made up 45.23 per cent, and men accounted for 54.27 per cent, while in 2021, women were 47.41 per cent, and men were 52.59 per cent. 

    The ICIR reported how service providers, MTN and Airtel, barred 9.7 million subscribers from making outgoing calls over their inability to verify their NINs.

    The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) had last year said that NIN would soon replace the current forms of identification required for applicants for business and company registration.

    Kehinde Ogunyale tells stories by using data to hold power into account. You can send him a mail at [email protected] or Twitter: Prof_KennyJames

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