Nigerians in diaspora have been asked to register for their National Identification Number (NIN), according to the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York.
The NIN is issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) upon entry into the National Identity Database and is used to capture an individual’s records.
Ambassador Lot Egopija, the Consul-General, said at a town hall meeting with Nigerian residents in New York that the directive to register for NIN came from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He said that the exercise will commence as soon as the Consulate concludes arrangements with the NIMC.
The New York Consulate is one of Nigeria’s four diplomatic representations in the U.S., and Egopija said everyone within its purview will be registered into the database.
There’s been a surge in the number of Nigerians registering for their NIN since the government announced in December 2020 that any mobile phone subscriber without a NIN will have their SIM cards blocked in a matter of weeks.
The deadline has since been moved six different times, with the latest one scheduled for October 2021.
The postponement was in a bit to accommodate registration of foreigners, diplomatic missions, Nigerians in diaspora, and Nigerian residents in hard-to-reach remote areas.
There have been a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country.