NIN: FG’S ENROLLMENT APPROVAL FOR PLATEAU STATE, GOV. LALONG EXCITED

By: Valentine Adese (JP),

Plateau State Governor, Dr. Simon Bako Lalong has disclosed that, he is excited over the state’s ability to secure the Federal Government’s approval for the state to enrolling its citizens for the National Identity Number (NIN).

You would recall that, Plateau State citizens have been facing huge difficulties to register, owing to the few enrollment centers in the state.

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The approval, which was conveyed to the Governor by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy through the Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz, indicates that, Plateau State Government, can now participate in the registration of citizens of the State, into the National Identity Database in line with the provisions of the NIMC Act and other guidelines issued.

According to a Plateau State Government press release, dated, 23rd January 2021 and signed by, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State states that, “Following the challenges faced by citizens of Plateau State in enrolling for the National Identity Number (NIN), as a result of few enrolment centers, Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has secured the licensing of Plateau State, as a service provider for the enrolment of Nigerians residing in the State.

In his reaction to the development, according to the press release, “Governor Lalong said he was excited that, the State secured the approval, which will not only reduce the hardship faced by citizens in obtaining the NIN number due to the few centers available in the State, but will also help the State ensure that, all its citizens are captured into the National Identity Ecosystem”.

Adding that “Now that Plateau State has been granted the license to provide data capture and enrolment services for the issuance of the National Identity Number, we are going to ensure that we create centers in all the 17 Local Government Areas and other strategic towns in order to ensure seamless, quick and efficient enrollment of all our citizens and other Nigerians residing in the State”.

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PRESS STATEMENT

GOVERNOR LALONG SECURES LICENCE FOR RAPID ENROLMENT OF PLATEAU CITIZENS TO NATIONAL DATABASE.

Following the challenges faced by citizens of Plateau State in enrolling for the National Identity Number (NIN) as a result of few enrolment centers, Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has secured the licensing of Plateau State, as a service provider for the enrolment of Nigerians residing in the State.

The approval, which was conveyed to the Governor by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy through the Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz, indicates that the Plateau State Government can now participate in the registration of citizens of the State into the National Identity Database in line with the provisions of the NIMC Act and other guidelines issued.

Reacting to the development, Governor Lalong said he was excited that, the State secured the approval which will not only reduce the hardship faced by citizens in obtaining the NIN number due to the few centers available in the State, but will also help the State ensure that, all its citizens are captured into the National Identity Ecosystem.

The Governor said, “now that Plateau State has been granted the license to provide data capture and enrolment services for the issuance of the National Identity Number, we are going to ensure that we create centers in all the 17 Local Government Areas and other strategic towns in order to ensure seamless, quick and efficient enrollment of all our citizens and other Nigerians residing in the State”.

He therefore directed the Commissioner for Science and Technology to immediately work with the Plateau State Information & Communication Technology Development Agency (PICTDA) to further liaise with NIMC towards finalizing arrangements and acquiring the necessary equipment for the successful implementation of the programme.

Lalong also mandated them to ensure that, arrangement for suitable facilities are made and training of requisite manpower is done in record time in order to guarantee excellence enrollment of eligible persons within the State into the Nigerian Digital Ecosystem.

Governor Lalong therefore uses the opportunity to appeal to the citizens of Plateau State to exercise more patience, while the process in completed and the facilities put on ground for the commencement of the enrollment services throughout the State. He also wants them to cooperate with the officials during the exercise and provide accurate data to avoid complications afterwards.

The license granted to Plateau State is for one year and is subject to renewal upon satisfactory performance during the period.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham

Director of Press & Public Affairs

to the Governor of Plateau State.

23rd January 2021.

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