National Identity Number is free says FG

The Government has said that issuance of National Identition Number (NIN) was at no cost to Nigerians as the cost of the registration was shouldered by the government.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said this following complains from applicants who alleged that they were asked to pay for the service.

The Technical Assistant on Information Technology to the minister, Dr Femi Adeluyi, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

“ The National Identity is completely free for all Nigerians and legal residents Permit from the Nigeria Immigration Service.

“The National Identity is the right of every citizen, based on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Act 2007, ” he said.

The Minister said he had instructed the Director-General of NIMC to investigate the allegations a to bringing the perpetrators, if any, to book.

“The Director-General also provide a platform for such allegations to be reported,” Pantami added.

He commended the sacrifice of the Management and staff of NIMC who have carried assignment conscientiously during, and even outside, working hours.

He disclosed that the ministry was working to ensure the conditions of service and welfare of the staff were favourable.

Pantami reiterated the ministry’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for all Nigerians and legal residents to obtain National Identity Number. (NAN)