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Nigerians still mistake NIN as e-ID card; attack NIMC over diaspora registration



The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, has been criticised by Nigerians over what they called the inability of the Commission to print and distribute the National Identity Card (e-ID card), to them.

The criticism became even louder following the announcement by the management of NIMC of the readiness to commence enrolment of Nigerian adults and children in South Africa into the National Identity Database, NIDB, for the issuance of the National Identification Number, NIN.

A good number of the critics, investigations show, have been registered over four years ago.

The flag off of the diaspora enrolment in South Africa is in collaboration with a licensed partner, Messrs. Thebez Global Resources Limited (TGR).

The company is in the business of providing similar services by themselves and in partnership with other similar companies in Diaspora jurisdictions.

TGR is working in collaboration with Cox & Kings Global Services Limited ‘CKGS’ (a premium outsourcing partner for government and businesses across the globe) to enrol Nigerians in diaspora by setting up enrolment centres in different countries.  CGSK’S comprehensive range of services include consular services, identity management solutions, document processing services and an extensive suite of technology-enabled business process accelerators.

The Director General/CEO NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz explained that the diaspora exercise is in a bid to ensure that the section of Nigerians living outside the country are not disenfranchised.

Recall, NIMC had on January 1, 2019 commenced the mandatory implementation of NIN which is in line with Federal Government’s directive,

NIN is the most critical in the process of registering Nigerians, but it seems Nigerians are yet to understand that as the following took to social media to lash out at NIMC:

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Kanu Joshua Can you tell us why INEC was able to produce millions of PVC’S within months while NIMC isn’t able to produce the same identity card to Nigerians for the past 6yrs

McMorris O Emeka Stop bothering urself over this it’s irrelevant that’s why it’s taking 50 years to issue it after registration


Emma Okon Essien Since 2015 I did mine uptil this very moment no show.
I tire for una abeg.

Soe Arthur It’s just ways to steal more money

Richard Oden We in the country have not gotten ours , and you’re now taking it to abroad… Nigeria why??????

Jamil A Garba Sometimes I will just reason how poor we organize things in Nigeria and I will feel like crying. They are talking of South Africa why many citizens at home have not even know the colour of the national identification card they are talking about.

We in Nigeria never get our original ID card since 2014, u are talking of Nigerians in diaspora.
Is better finish with us in Nigeria before talking about diaspora.
Please please please…….

Emmanuel Kayode Owolabi Only God knows how much this is going to gulp from the Nigerian treasury… Ordinary plastic ID you can’t produce… Scam!

El George This happens to be the most useless and clueless organization in Nigeria and the world.

Phil Wonder Shioor even we that register since 2014 never collected our cards you are going to SA

Kanu Joshua Me that’s In. Nigeria paid transport to NIMC office in pH and registered since 31/01/2013 haven’t received it but my Rivers state friend I told about it,that registered days later has received his identity card .everything in this country is tribalism now you’ve not finished with home you’re going South Africa

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Abdul M. Abubakar We we de here have done this for 5years uptill today I never received my own una carry una self de go another parson country, una over Sabi too much.


NIMC, at different fora, had explained the reasons for the delays in massive printing of the National ID Card. The Commission blamed lack of funds as the major bottleneck.

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