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NIMC collects N5,000 for national ID card renewal, replacement despite Nigerians’ objection

NIMC will also charge NIN holders N15,000 to correct their date of birth (DoB) on the NIN database



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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has confirmed that Nigerians will pay N5,000 for National Identity Card renewal and replacement.

NIMC disclosed this now that many Nigerians are struggling to register and obtain the national identification number in order to beat the deadline stipulated by the Federal Government for the integration of the NIN to their SIM Cards

Aside the renewal fees, NIMC will also charge NIN holders N15,000 to correct their date of birth (DoB) on the NIN database.

The NIMC regional coordinator, Fummi Opesanwo, disclosed this on Wednesday in Lagos.

Ms Opesanwo says although NIN enrolment is free, there are charges attached to other services like the card renewal, correction of date of birth and change of address.

National Identification Number holders with incorrect dates of birth will pay N15,000 to effect correction in the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) database.

NIN enrollees will also have to pay a token of N500 for address modification on the NIN database.

“For the date of birth correction, there is a processing fee of N15,000. For card renewal or card replacement, there is a processing fee of N5,000. For the modification of address or name, it is N500. So, people misconstrue this to mean that in NIMC they are asking them to pay money. No, those are for services,” Ms Opesanwo said in a chat with Channels Television.

She said the fees are paid to the Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government. “For correction of date of birth, it is N15,000 and it is payable to the TSA,” she added.

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The Nigerian government had directed telecommunication operators through the Nigerian Communication Commission to block subscribers who fail to link their mobile numbers to their NIN.

The directive said subscribers were given a period of two weeks to link their numbers but was later extended to January 18 2021.

Subscribers without NIN have until February 9 to register and link to their numbers.

National ID Card Renewal Fee:

NIMC through its official twitter handle on Monday 14th, October 2019, announced that the renewal of the National Identity Card will cost ₦3,000 as well as charging the sum of N5,000 for card replacement.

However, a new public opinion poll released by NOIPolls revealed that 80 percent of Nigerians are of the view that the national identity card should not have an expiration date.

Also, 72 percent of Nigerians interviewed disclosed that they are not willing to pay ₦3,000 for renewal of the card mainly because it is too expensive (40 percent) and they believe the card should be free of charge (35 percent).

Nonetheless, 96 percent of Nigerians mentioned that they acknowledged the need and importance of having a national identity and this assertion cuts across gender, geo-political zones and age-group.

Further findings showed that 78 percent of the respondents (18 years and above) said that they have applied to obtain the national identity card.

Out of the 78 percent who have applied, 65 percent claimed to have a temporary card, while 26 percent specified that they have obtained the permanent card though most of the respondents in this category had to wait for a long period of time before getting the permanent version; sometimes above one year.

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In terms of improving the process involved in registration and collection of the national identity, a larger proportion of Nigerians recommended that more registration centres should be created, collection of the permanent card should be immediately after registration and 7 percent advised that the collection centres should be decentralized.

Given the above recommendations by Nigerians, it is imperative that the NIMC and all stakeholders involved in the registration and collection exercise act swiftly to improve the overall process, by reducing the waiting time for the collection of permanent Identity cards as well issues bordering the new national identity card expiration policy.


Large crowed besiege NIMC centres

Meanwhile, while the holidays have ended, huge crowds have reappeared at NIMC centres nationwide.

Some NIMC officials have had to extort enrollees by cashing in on their desperation to get the NIN registration sorted out before the deadline given by the government expires.

Ms Opesanwo explained the rationale behind the huge crowd observed on Wednesday, this way:

”When we came this morning, a lot of applicants complained that their SIM (cards) have been blocked and that is why we are experiencing this large number today.

“We are trying to manage the situation. Applicants have been seated and they came in for different services, so, there is no problem.

“We have to be mindful of the safety protocols and we cannot exceed the number of people, the capacity that we can take, we have to adhere to the guidelines,” she said.

The total number of mobile network connections was 207.58 million in October, but over 44 million Nigerians have NIN, thus 163 million telephone users are at the risk of being deactivated on January 19, 2021.

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However, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has clarified the unfounded fears of mass disconnection of telephone subscribers.

A statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, explained that most of these publications are based on the erroneous assumption that for every network or SIM connection, there is one unique human subscriber.

“A recent survey conducted in Nigeria has shown that on average, there are now approximately 4 to 5 SIMs to every human subscriber. This explains the basis of allowing the linkage of up to 7 SIMs to 1 unique NIN in the recently launched Federal Government Portal,” the Commission explained.

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