The NIMC has made it compulsory for all Nigerians to visit the enrolment centres to finish their National Identification Number registration. Emphases were laid on the fact that people should not get carried away with the generation of NIN due to Bank Verification Number (BVN) record harmonization with the National Identity Database.
Through a post on its official Twitter handle, an announcement was made for those who obtained their NIN through their BVN to visit the enrollment centres to validate their number.
The post stated “NIN generated by the BVN can only be used after it has been updated at the NIMC enrolment centre. You must complete your NIN registration even if your BVN has generated a NIN.”
Kindly visit an enrolment centre to complete your NIN registration.”
This clarification was made due to the rumours and confusion ignited by the use of shortcodes to generate the NIN. Some applicants claimed that there was no need to visit the NIMC office because they had obtained their number through registering for their BVN.
In the midst of all these and the second wave of the coronavirus, large crowds still appear at the NIMC office to enrol for their NIN. This has caused fear among few Nigerians that the rate of transmission at those centres is high due to non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocol.