The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has commenced the enrolment of foreign diplomats in Nigeria.
This was made known in a statement titled ‘NIN Enrolment of Diplomats Commences at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’, signed by the NIMC’s Head, Corporate Commissions, Kayode Adegoke.
According to the statement, the enrolment of Diplomats had started on January 18, 2021 in a bid to “ensure seamless enrolment of all diplomats in the country for the purpose of the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage and other needs.”
The commission also stated its commitment to ensuring that the enrolment of all Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database.
Earlier, the commission had pointed that “the centre is being set up based on the request of the Honourable 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 Law has made it mandatory for Nigerians and legal residents to obtain a NIN since 2007. However, compliance has been low, until recently.”