CAN Collaborates With NIMC


CAN Collaborates With NIMC

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Sokoto State and the Representatives of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Sokoto Chapter made a joint courtesy visit to The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Revd Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah.

The visit was aimed at fostering stronger relationship between the Commission and Religious bodies and prompting Collaborations to ensure that people are sensitized and educated on the National Identification Number (NIN) and also enrolled in to the National Identity Database.

Bishop Kukah assured NIMC that arrangements were in place towards opening Enrollment Centers in Catholic Church Sokoto and Sultan Abubakar Jummat Mosque, Sokoto with full support from of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Sokoto State.

The Director General NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, commended the efforts put in place by the Ministry and Religious Organizations and urged other Organizations to follow suit by contributing their quota towards the National Identity Management Systems project.

He further stressed the need for partnerships “We need close to 4000 enrollment centres to cater for the population. The standard is that for every 50,000 people we need 1 enrollment centre “Aziz said.



Your Data is Safe- NIMC Assures Nigerians

The Director General, National Identity Management Commission, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, has assured Nigerians of the safety of the National Identity Database.

This was made known at an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in reaction to the recent breach of the Indian Aadhaar database.

Engr. Aziz said, “We have to be concerned with security because of the recent breach in India and Facebook, our database  is not available for research and allows access for only verification, you can only access one data at time. “

He assured Nigerians that the back end that takes care of the database is fully secure with certifications based on international Standards.

“We have certifications to ensure that we are following international processes, apart from that, we are also using our Nigerian ingenuity to ensure the security of the database”. He said.

Also speaking, the General Manager, Legal Services Hadiza Ali-Dagabana noted that apart from NIMC’s mandate to create and populate the National Identity Database, Identity Management can only be actualized if that information can be accessed, verified and authenticated.

“For service of verification of identity, we must allow access. However, access is not open ended, it will be based on clearance levels determined by the service provided by the Organization “she stated.

She also emphasized that, “Only Security Agencies will have access to all the information in the database, through a particular Officer/office designated by the Agency to access the Database and verify the information needed”.




1 It is FREE and SIMPLE. Visit any NIMC Office nearest to you to obtain your NIN, or visit for more info All Citizens


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(Third from Left); Garba Balarabe, NIMC Sokoto state Coordinator, Most Rev Dr Mathew Kukah Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Nuhu Iliya , CAN Chiarman Sokoto State and Representatives of CAN and NIMC Staff.

(L -R); Garba Balarabe, NIMC Sokoto state Coordinator, Most Rev Dr Mathew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Nuhu Iliya , CAN Chiarman Sokoto State.












NIPR President Tasks NIMC Management on Effective Service Delivery

The National President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Dr. Rotimi Oladele had called on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Management Staff to exhibit willingness and competence in building a robust identity management system.

Dr. Oladele made the call at a Mini Retreat for Top and Middle Management Staff organized by the Corporate Communication Unit at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja on the 21st March, 2018.

The retreat was organized to speed up the critical need and use of communication and public relations as management tools and strategies towards delivering the Commission’s mandate.

While noting that the biggest challenge in Nigeria is lack of integrity, Dr.Oladele stated that criminality, fraud, corruption amongst others will lessen if Nigeria gets its identity management system right.

He commended the DG/CEO for the job he has done so far, as the Commission works towards enrolling all Nigerians and Legal Residents into the National Identity Database and issuing them the National Identification Number to ensure a sustainable identity management system.

He however noted that perception is very difficult to change, so individuals who are members of overlapping departments and units must be proactive, preventive and corporative in service delivery for the Commission.

“The element of immediacy must be built into service delivery as individual and groups must find a way to work together on their differences. There must be consensual agreement in the interest of the mandate, vision, mission, core values and service delivery,” he stated.

Dr. Oladele urged that, the management must continuously negotiate and dialogue as part of its management function, but most importantly, exhibit willingness, competence and readiness to succeed in building a stronger identity management system.

On his part, the DG/CEO NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz encouraged the top management staff to drive their mindset into being responsible and responsive to the tasks at hand.

According to him, the essence of the retreat is to renew management’s commitment to service delivery in the Commission, enhance effective communication among the internal publics and achieve the 15 set goals of the Commission for 2018.

The Head of Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), Mr. Loveday Chika Ogbonna, while thanking the NIPR President and all participants at the retreat for active participation assured the President that management will ensure that they practice all they have learnt to efficiently deliver on their duties to the Commission.


Enrolment for the National Identification Number (NIN) is FREE

Enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB) for the National Identification Number (NIN) is absolutely free, and can be done at any of the NIMC enrolment Centres Nationwide.

The NIN is a valid and verifiable means of identification which is used to tie all records about an individual in the database and is also used to establish or verify his/her identity as specified in Section 27 of the NIMC Act.

Applicants are advised to visit any NIMC office nearest to them to enrol and obtain their NIN. Applicants can also pre-enrol themselves on any smart handheld device or their computers via before heading to the NIMC office for data capture.

The general public is hereby cautioned to beware of fraudsters who pose as NIMC agents or staff to defraud unsuspecting applicants either by charging them for enrolment at the NIMC Enrolment office’s or issuing them fake NINs at outlets not designated by NIMC.

The NIN and National e-ID Card can only be issued to applicants who have successfully completed the enrolment process at the NIMC Enrolment Centres where they enrolled, and no individual or business centre can issue a NIN or a National e-ID Card.

Applicants are encouraged to report any persons and any NIMC enrolment officer(s) who charge applicants money for enrolment at the nearest NIMC office or police station for prosecution.





(L-R): The DG/CEO NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz listening attentively to the National President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Dr. Rotimi Oladele during a Mini Retreat  held at the the Commission, recently.



Cross-session of Management Staff listening attentively during the Retreat.


Breakout sessions during the Retreat.