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Jigawa NIMC coordinator expresses concern over low NIN enrolment




The National Identity Management Commission’s Coordinator in Jigawa, Mr Aminu Jakada, has voiced his worry regarding the limited number of people enrolling for the National Identification Number (NIN) in the state.

In an interview in Dutse on Saturday, Jakada mentioned that only approximately 2.6 million individuals in the state have acquired the NIN, despite Jigawa’s population being over 7,499,100 people as of 2022.

He emphasized that this enrolment figure is significantly low and urged both citizens and legal residents to obtain their NIN.

Expressing his concern, Jakada stated, “The problem we have now is that people are not coming out to register. It is only when we have an issue like now that people are registering for JAMB that you see crowd in all centres. But immediately after the JAMB registration, everybody will stay at home until when something requires them to obtain NIN that they will come again.”

The NIMC coordinator appealed to traditional rulers in the state to support the commission in raising awareness among their subjects to prioritize obtaining their identity numbers.

He proposed that an aggressive campaign on the enrolment would expedite the registration of more citizens and legal residents in the state.

Jakada particularly appealed to Dutse, Gumel, Ringim, and Hadejia Emirate Councils to follow the example of the Kazaure emirate by establishing special NIN enrolment centers in their respective domains.

He further explained that the establishment of special NIN registration centers in the Kazaure emirate led to 75% of the area’s population getting enrolled, hence the need for the other four emirates to replicate this initiative.

The coordinator added that before the establishment of the centers by the Emir of Kazaure, Alhaji Najib Hussaini-Adamu, the area was lagging behind in terms of NIN enrollment.

According to him, the emirate is now leading with 75%, followed by the Hadejia emirate with 65% of registered residents. He added that the record of enrolment in Dutse emirate was 50%, while Gumel emirate has 30% and Ringim emirate, 20%.

“To spread awareness, traditional institutions can assist us through sensitization efforts, accelerating the process. We are calling on other individuals in the state who can afford to assist by establishing special centers in their respective communities to do so, in order to register more people,” Jakada said.