The quest for the National Identification number (NIN) has become so high and poses a threat to the citizens of the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic which is still prevalent. As a result, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued new guidelines for NIN applicants.
In this article, we will be sharing with you the new guidelines which the NIMC has put out for those that want to enroll for the NIN.
Recall that the Federal Government recently made a policy demanding that mobile network subscribers update their SIM registration with a valid National Identification Number (NIN).
As expected, this new policy has resulted to a huge demand for the NIN and consequently, a large crowd visiting the NIMC Enrolment Centers nationwide
Apparently, the need for these new guidelines stems from the fact that the large crowd visiting the NIMC Enrolment Centers will most likely, result in more cases of COVID-19.
So, the Commission has adopted booking system for NIN enrolment. This is a process whereby an applicant’s personal information will be collected and then an appointment will be booked for them to meet with an NIMC personnel.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, 29th December by the Commission, it said it has put in a couple of measures in order to curtail the spread of the virus while making sure that Nigerians are attended to without interference.
According to the statement signed by the Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, starting from December 30th, 2020, attending to applicants would be based on Booking System.
To book for an appointment, applicants are to visit any of the NIMC Offices nearest to them during their official business hours which is from 9 am – 1 pm.
Personal information of the applicants will be collected for the purpose of booking an enrolment appointment.
The commission urged subscribers not to give out any personal information aside from the information that is required by the booking register.
Once an applicant has been admitted into the office, a Number-Issuing queue management system will be in place to ensure decorum and strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines.
The statement reads in part: “The recent Federal Government policy which requires mobile network subscribers to update their SIM registration with a valid National Identification Number (NIN) has occasioned a huge demand for the NIN with a large crowd visiting the NIMC Enrolment Centers nationwide.
“Mindful of the second wave of the COVID-19 which continues to severely affect public health and cause unprecedented disruptions, the Commission wishes to announce that it has adopted a couple of measures to contain the spread of the virus whilst ensuring its services to Nigerians are not entirely interrupted.
“Effective December 30, 2020, attending to applicants would be based on Booking System. For Bookings, applicants are to visit any of the NIMC Offices closest to them during stipulated business hours (9 am – 1 pm),” the statement read.
“Although the policy has been in place since 4th February 2020 applicants are now crowding all the centers. “Personal Information would be collected for the sole purpose of scheduling an enrolment appointment. Please do not include any personal information other than what is required by the booking register.
“Once admitted into the office, a Number-Issuing queue management system will be in place to ensure orderliness and strict adherence to Covid-19 Protocols.
“As a responsible Commission we fully understand that safety comes first, as such, only individuals with facemask would be allowed entrance into our premises,” it added.
In our other post, we showed you how to link you NIN with your MTN, Airtel, Glo and Etisalat Sim Cards.
To further help you with the NIN Sim registration process, we showed you how to check your NIN on your mobile phone.