Pantami urges security agencies to leverage national database

Communication and Digital Economy Minister Isa Pantami has urged security agencies to take advantage of the national identity database during criminal investigations.

Mr. Pantami said this during the Identity Day celebration held in Abuja on Friday.

“We have sanitized our database and we implore our security institutions to use this database,” he said.

“It’s not our job to do the security work, our job is to support them. Both databases are available for NIN and SIM,” he added.

He said the NIMC and NCC claimed that the use of the data was very insignificant.

“It is for this reason that we are advocating that if they can leverage this, we have no doubt that they will be able to meet the significant security challenges that we face,” he said.

In 2019, the Federal Government approved the recognition and observance of September 16 as National Identity Day in Nigeria.

The choice of date (16.9) is highly symbolic, as it is a commemoration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 which calls for the provision of legal identity for all by 2030, including including birth registration.

The government, through the National Identity Management Commissionchampions the movement for the declaration of International Identity Day.

Need identity

Speaking on the importance of a valid identity, Mr. Pantami said it would help in planning and providing basic amenities in the country.

“The world population is growing, but efforts by African countries to ensure proper identification of citizens are below average.

“Without proper identification, planning basic amenities and budgets for citizens will be difficult,” he said.

He called on institutions to encourage citizens to register to ensure that the remaining population that has not registered is fully covered.


NIMC Managing Director/CEO Aliyu Aziz said the commission had listed 89 million National identity numbers (NIN).

“We have expanded the database, each month we have 2-3 million registrants. Yet these 89 million registrants are ordinary people, there are people in the market, villages, nooks and crannies who have not been registered,” he said.

He said the aim of the Identity Day celebration was to raise awareness and support among people in rural areas. He also urged prospective registrants to always enter correct data when registering to save costs.

Mr. Aziz said that the Commission has developed multiple ways to address infrastructure challenges.

As of December 2021, the NIMC said there were approximately 71 million NINs with over 14,000 enrollment centers across the country.

Earlier in the year, the NIMC said the commission’s database was at 80% capacity with over 80 million unique TINs issued.

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