The number of National Identity Numbers (NINs) issued to Nigerians by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has hit 90.6 million as of October 2022.
Bayelsa State with 547,985 issued NINs remained the state with the least identity numbers. Other states in that category include Ebonyi has 728, 451; Ekiti 962,629; Cross River 1, 029, 465; Taraba 1,309,346; Yobe 1,358, 300; Enugu 1, 485, 844; Imo 1, 526, 967; Zamfara 1,554, 371 and Akwa Ibom 1, 555, 546.
Expectedly, Lagos leads others with 10.2 million issued NINs. Kano is next with 7.8 million; Kaduna 5.36 million; Ogun 3 3.77 million; Oyo 3.62 million; Abuja 3.1`9 million; Katsina 3.11 million; Rivers 2.73 million; Delta 2.43 million and Bauchi 2.36 million.
NIMC, which observed that regional figures indicated an almost equal distribution across the North and South, puts diaspora issuance at 274, 627.
Challenges continue to impact the efficiency of the NIN processes as more Nigerians continued to lament various errors in their identity slip despite submitting accurate data. This is in addition, to cases of extortion.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Army had arrested some suspects, who claimed to be NIMC officials in the Niger Republic, enrolling Nigeriens for the NIN.