–Total SIM registration hits 189m
—Says those without NIN risk 7 or 14-yrs imprisonment
—1,700 centers spread across Nigeria
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
THE Federal Government on Thursday said about fifty one (51) million Nigerians have so far completed their enrollment in the ongoing National Identity Number, NIN.
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, who disclosed this during the ministerial organized by the Presidential Media Team at the State House, Abuja, said about 189 million Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) have been registered in the country.
The Minister said out of the number, 150 million have completed registration while the remainder have problems of improper registration.
Pantami, who was flanked by heads of parastatals in the ministry warned that those yet to obtain their NIN, risk seven or 14 years imprisonment as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution.
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He noted that while obtaining a SIM card maybe optional, NIN is mandatory, stressing that a lot of transactions in the country was not supposed to be carried out without NIN.
He explained that NIN will determine the total number of Nigerians that have registered because of the unique number.
He assured that in the next two years the administration would have a complete data base of every citizen and residents in the country.
He even said by law it was an offence for anyone to collect pension or voters card without having the NIN.