NIMC laments Nigerians’ refusal to collect national ID cards

NIMC laments Nigerians’ refusal to collect national ID cards

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it has over 700,000 National e-ID cards yet to be collected by Nigerians from its offices nationwide.

Mrs Hadiza Dagabana, the Acting Director-General National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) disclosed this in an interview on Saturday, October 19.

Dagabana urged all concerned applicants, who are yet to collect their card, to request for their Identity card nationwide, or request for its transfer to their new location.

She said that the NIMC has registered over 37 million Nigerians in its National Identity Database out of over 200 million Nigerian populations.

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She called on enrollees, who have changed location in which they registered for the ‍National Identification Number (NIN) to apply for the transfer of their National e-ID card.

The director general said that the process allows successful enrollees to request for the transfer of their National e-ID Card to any NIMC Registration and Card Collection Centres of their choice for collection.

Dagabana said that the transfer request could be made from any of the NIMC Registration and Card Collection Centres nationwide, other than where the individual enrolled for the National Identification Number.

The acting director-general explained that some have either relocated from the locations where they enrolled, or have changed the phone numbers they provided at the point of enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB).

“As I’m telling you now, we have over 700, 000 cards that are lying there in our offices, that the owners have not come to claim.

“Because when you registered with us you provide a contact number and email address.

“We have spent money sending SMS to the numbers that were provided for us.

“Some people have moved, some have changed their numbers, they have not come to our database to update their numbers, so how are we going to know that you have changed your numbers?’’ she said.

Dagabana, therefore, called on such persons to visit any NIMC office closest to them to request for a card transfer form, which they would fill and submit to the State Coordinator or Local Government Supervisor for processing.

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  1. Idongesit

    This is not really true. We were told that sms would be sent to people notifying them of the availability of the cards. But for about a year now (for me), I have not received any such small. So I only have the registration slip I got from them after registration.

  2. [email protected]

    The e-ID Card was released so late for most people. Lives, lines and locations would have changed a countless times.

    I enrolled for mine in 2013. It came in 2018. I have changed locations and phones several times. Thank God the line I enrolled was still active. I had actually the line I used

    My wife enrolled same time in 2013. Hers came in 2019. The day we went for collection, they said there was no network or something that we should come again. Well, it’s been months now and we haven’t been able to visit again.

    Well, that’s from my end sha.


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