The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), created in 2010, was mandated by the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007 to register people the Act covers and give each person a unique National Identification Number (NIN).
According to the NIMC, the essence of each individual having a NIN is part of a measure to create a national identity database and to put a stop to both double identity and identity fraud. Upon registration, individuals will be provided with a NIN and eventually a national ID card.
In 2018, the NIMC revealed plans to complete issuing electronic identity cards (e-ID) to 70 million Nigerians by the end of December 2019. However, with many people complaining about not having the e-ID after the registration, it appears that the commission has not met its target.
In addition, the commission is also expected to provide citizens, as well as others legally residing within the country, with a General Multi-Purpose Card (GMPC).
The GMPC is embedded with a payment chip to enable users to withdraw cash from an automated teller machine (ATM). Consequently, the commission partnered with Cham’s consortiums, OneSecureCard consortium, SecureID, and Iris Technologies to provide the data capture services and the GMPC.
How to check your NIN using USSD code
If you have enrolled for the national ID card scheme, you can get your NIN by dialling *346# from the phone number associated with your voter’s card, drivers licence, or BVN registration.
Ensure you have at least ₦20 airtime on your line and then dial the code. Then you either write or take a screenshot when the NIN is displayed on the screen as it will not be displayed more than once.
At the moment, the USSD code only works for MTN, Airtel, and Glo; the service is yet to be available on the 9mobile network.
In other news, the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the use of the NIN to register for UTME and direct entry exams until 2021. The registrar of the board, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, said the decision was a result of the technical issues that affected the registration system at the NIMC.