By Stanley Iwuoha
The Federal government says the enrolment of foreign diplomats in Nigeria has commenced at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) explained that the move was made to ensure a seamless enrolment of all diplomats in the country for the purpose of the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage and other needs, hence, the setting up of the enrolment center at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja.
According to him, the enrolment of the diplomats started on Monday 18th January, 2021.
The National Identity Management Commission in a statement on Friday signed by Head, Corporate Communications, the Kayode Adegoke reiterated its resolve to ensure a hitch-free enrolment exercise of all Nigerian citizens and legal residents.
The Commission also assured members of the general public that no stone would be left unturned to ensure the enrolment of all Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database.
It will be recalled that the Federal government had on Sunday directed foreign diplomats in the country to also partake in the ongoing mandatory NIN registration.
According to a press statement which was signed by the Technical Adviser (Information Technology) to the Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi, the special centre will be managed by his ministry.
Adeluyi, in the statement, disclosed that the Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, said the centre is being set up based on the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama.
He said that the enrolment centre will provide support for members of the diplomatic corps and will be managed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The statement reads, ‘‘The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has approved the setting up of a National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment centre at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The desk will be set up by Tuesday, 19th of January, 2021.
“This enrolment centre will provide support for members of the Diplomatic Corps and will be managed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, through the National Identity Management Commission.
‘‘The centre is being set up based on the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in order to simplify the process for diplomats.
“The National Identity Number is mandatory for diplomats who will reside in Nigeria for a continuous period of two years or more. It is also mandatory for all other lawful residents in the country as stated in Section 16 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007.’’
The statement also said that the compliance for NIN enrolment had been low until recently despite the law making it mandatory for Nigerians and legal residents since 2007.