Planned NIN enhancement ‘ll curb fraud – APC chieftain

LAGOS- Mr Ayoola Lawal, a  former Secretary of the  Diaspora Chairmen Forum Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the planned enhancement of the National Identity Card  by the Federal Government will re-write Nigeria’s history.Ayoola, a former chairman of the APC Scandinavia, said this in a statement made available on Tuesday in Lagos.He said the enhancement, if effectively implemented, would be the needed foundation to rebuild Nigeria.“What President Bola Tinubu is doing is a foundation to build the country.“It will integrate everything and curb fraud. It is a modern thing yet to be done in many civilised countries of the world.“This is a positive development. Nigeria has just begun. I am impressed. This is what Nigeria ought to have done since. Nigerians just need more enlightenment on it.“Nigerians don’t know the implication of this. The Nordic countries are using this. They do not even know that it is the greatest good that will happen to Nigeria,” he said.According to him, “Nigeria has a future now. No one can impersonate you. Nobody can enter anyone’s data.”NAN reports that the Federal Government …

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Food Distribution: No NIN, no free meals, customs tell hungry Nigerians

LAGOS- The Nigeria Customs Service says it has begun distributing seized food items to hungry citizens to help mitigate the current hardships. However, the agency said persons with a verifiable National Identification Number (NIN). Speaking at the flag-off of the exercise in Lagos on Thursday, the comptroller-general of customs, Wale Adeniyi, said the federal government ordered the distribution of the seized food items. Mr Adeniyi said customs was working with other agencies to distribute the seized foods directly to needy Nigerians. Mr Adeniyi said Nigerians would require a verifiable NIN to benefit. “Our target includes artisans, teachers, religious organisations and other Nigerians within the area of customs operations, including the border areas. “The intention of this distribution is to reach out directly to members of organisations that have structures to ensure the maximum impact of the exercise. “The effort of the distribution is to ensure robust security protocol throughout the process as officers will closely monitor the entire supply chain to prevent any misuse or possible diversion of food items,” said Mr Adeniyi. He said that the gesture was part …

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BVN Deadline: Over 60.2 million Nigerians Now Registered – NIBSS Data

By Chris Udochukwu Approximately twenty-one days to the expiration of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) deadline for all bank customers to have Biometric Verification Number (BVN), the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), registration data showed that over 60.2 million Nigerians now have a BVN. This represents an increase of over 2.6 percent from 58.7 million BVN registrations as of September 12 2023 before the apex bank’s directive. Precise Post recalls that in December 1st, 2023,  CBN directed commercial, merchant, non-interest, payment service banks, other financial institutions, and mobile money operators, through a circular that the BVN or National Identification Number, (NIN), attached to all accounts/wallets must be electronically revalidated by January 31, 2024. The circular said that effective March 1, 2024, all funded accounts or wallets without BVN or NIN shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’ and no further transactions would be permitted. According to NIBSS electronic payment factsheet for 2021, the number of bank accounts in the country was 191.4 million, of which 57.9 million were inactive.  According to Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA) …

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NIMC: NIN enrolment hits 104.16m

The Federal Government says National Identity Number enrollment has increased to 104.16 million at the end of 2023. The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, disclosed this in its latest NIN enrolment data. According to recent data, the figures showed a 10.3 million NIN enrollment in 2023 compared to the 94.03 million total enrollment in December 2022. Regarding the gender distribution of the enrollees, the NIMC data reveals that 59.12 million, representing 56.8 per cent of Nigerians captured in the NIN database so far, are male. In contrast, on the flip side, 45.04 million, representing 43.2 per cent of the total enrollees, are female. The development comes in the face of the latest Subscribers Identification Modules, SIMs, to NIN linkage deadline of February 28 2024, announced by mobile network operators. However, the current data on the NIN enrollment figures is far from Nigeria’s 148 million World Bank target by June 2024.

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Expert urges CBN to ease BVN registration

LAGOS- The Chief Executive Officer of Arvofinance, Mr Ayotunde Bally, has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to to simplify Bank Verification Number (BVN) registration and make it more accessible for people in rural areas. Bally gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos. He spoke on the background of the recent plans by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to freeze bank accounts without BVN or National Identity Number (NIN) by April 2024. The apex bank’s initiative is to enhance financial inclusion and strengthen Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures in the financial system. Arvofinance is a fintech company that provides online loans to consumers without collateral and guarantors. The CEO urged regulatory bodies to  partner with post offices or private organisations that have a wide reach for a more inclusive and accessible approach to BVN registration. He also proposed exploring digital solutions to streamline the registration process to make it more convenient. “Closing all accounts without BVN is a big deal, causing two major headaches. Individuals without a registered …

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Get NIN Ahead Of 2022 UTME – JAMB Urges Candidates

By Agency Report Bwari – All the prospective candidates for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) have been urged to acquire their National Identification Numbers (NIN) ahead of the exercise next year. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), stated this on Monday in its weekly bulletin released by the Office of the Registrar in Abuja. JAMB said that it would soon start the sale of application documents and registration for the 2022 UTME and Direct Entry(DE). “The board, is at the moment, engaging its core functionaries in a series of intensive training to ensure that once the date is announced, the stage would have been set for yet another hitch-free exercise. “The release of this information is in line with the board’s firm determination to ensure that candidates who are desirous of enrolling are ready and prepared. “Similarly, it is expected to serve as a wake-up call to all who may want to register, to first obtain their NIN, a major prerequisite for the UTME registration. “For those who may want to obtain any of the two application …

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Decision on SIM-NIN linkage extension likely today, says NIMC

The spokesperson of the National Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke has said that the institution is likely to reach a decision whether or not to extend the deadline for the SIM-NIN linkage today. He disclosed this today in an interview with our correspondent. He said, “I can’t say anything for now. But there is a press release waiting for the minister’s approval that should be available today.” When asked if the deadline would be extended, he didn’t give a positive response. In an earlier interview with our correspondent, the Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, Gbenga Adebayo said the nation was making progress as regards the SIM-NIN linkage. Recall that the deadline for the SIM-NIN linkage is going to expire on October 31, 2021. He said, “We have covered a lot of ground. There has to be a meeting within the stakeholders to determine if there should be an extension.” The Chairman, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, Ikechukwu Nnamani, had earlier told our correspondent that stakeholders would be meeting soon to make a decision. A recent statement …

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Don’t Allow Your NIN to be Linked to Another Person’s SIM – NCC Warns Nigerians

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a strong warning to Nigerians concerning the linking of the National Identification Number (NIN) to their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards. NCC said Nigerians should not allow another person link their NIN to their SIM cards, no matter how close the person is to them. The Commission gave the warning during its third run Telecom Consumer Town Hall on Radio (TCTHR) programme, broadcast live on Human Rights Radio, 101.1 FM in Abuja recently. The event was hosted on the platform of ‘NCC Digital Signature on Radio’. The NCC Digital Signature on Radio is the flagship radio programme of the Commission created to educate the general public on the mandates of the Commission and for sharing salient, consumer-centric and up-to-date information on how NCC is delivering on its mandates. Speaking during the radio programme focused on ‘the Benefits of NIN-SIM Integration’, NCC’s Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Efosa Idehen, said “On no account should a telecom consumer allow another person to register a SIM with another person’s NIN.” Idehen said compliance with this advice will …

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180 Million Telephone Lines Linked With NIN

The number of telephone lines linked with the National Identity Numbers have been made public. According to the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof Umar Danbatta, over 180 million telephone lines are now linked with NIN. Danbatta made the disclosure on Tuesday. He said this following the capturing of over 60 million Nigerians by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in the National Identity Numbers (NIN) database. Danbatta also said from available statistics, the telecommunications industry has bounced back with broadband penetration peaking at 41 percent while active telephone subscribers have increased by over one million. He spoke while delivering his address during the Public Inquiry on three Regulatory Instruments on the Rule Making Process at the headquarters of the Commission in Abuja. Details shortly…. Source

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Revealed! Why FG extended NIN-SIM verification deadline to Oct. 31

Abuja – The Federal Government has extended the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to Oct. 31. This is contained in a statement jointly signed by Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Mr Kayode Adegoke, Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Sunday in Abuja. They said that the decision was reached following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions in diaspora. According to the officials, the extension is also to address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics. They, however, hinted that there were presently a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with average of three to four SIMs per NIN in the country. According to them, the decision also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which indicates significant progress, hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country. “As at July 24, 2021, there are over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside …

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Bandits expose SIM-NIN linkage failure as police can’t track gunmen

Abuja – Kidnap victims on Monday explained how bandits had been thwarting the Federal Government’s security regulations in the telecommunications sector. Residents of Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna states,  who recounted their experiences in kidnappers’ dens, told our correspondents that they made the bandits’ telephone numbers available to security agents. They, however, lamented that nothing was done to apprehend the hoodlums, thus making a mess of the Federal Government’s directives on registration of telephone subscribers and the linkage of SIM with the National Identification Number.Under sections 19 and 20 of the Nigerian Communications Commission (Registration of Telephone Subscribers) Regulations, 2011, telecommunications firms are expected to register all subscribers. In 2015, the NCC directed all telecommunications firms to deactivate unregistered or partly registered SIMs.The regulation, according to government, is aimed at ensuring that all subscribers are traceable for security reasons.To further strengthen security in the country, the NCC last year directed the linkage of SIMs with the NIN.  But victims, who spoke to The PUNCH, said with the way bandits were operating, the two regulations were of no use.In  Zamfara  State, a …

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2021 UTME Results To Be Release June 23 — JAMB

Abuja – The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says the result of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination will be released on June 23. The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this on Wednesday during a news conference in Enugu. Oloyede said he had no reason whatsoever to withhold the results of the UTME. “The result ought to be out by now, but because I am not at the headquarters and I do not want to approve it while on the field. “But as soon as I get to Abuja today all the examinations up to the one being taken today will be approved and released because we have no reason to continue to hold on to it,” he said. The registrar said his team was at the Southeast to access what was going on with the conduct of the examinations as well as to visit new University in Ebonyi. He noted that JAMB registered 1,415,501 candidates in the UTME 2021 and 1,122, 095 had taken the examinations so far while 66,111 had yet to take. According to him, the …

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Are Corp Members Really Being Mobilised For War? Check Out What The NYSC Has To Say

According to The PUNCH, the National Youth Service Corps on Friday said that it is not mobilising corps members for war. The NYSC Deputy Director (Publications), Emeka Mgbemena, made the clarification in a statement titled, ‘Rebuttal: No corps member is being mobilised for war’, issued on behalf of its Director (Press and Public Relations), Adenike Adeyemi. The statement read, ‘This is to clarify the misrepresentation of the NYSC Director- General’s recent interview with the media currently trending on the social media. “The Director-General had stated that in line with the National Defence Policy, corps members are like soldiers on reserve, because their education, exposure and sophistication, can make them easily adaptable to military training. “He charged them to remain focused and patriotic; and for the spirit of NYSC to live in all Nigerians. “General Ibrahim never at any point said that corps members are being mobilised to fight war. “The scheme shall continue to safeguard the interest of corps members at all times.” Source

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Nigerian Women Weep No More – Okorocha

By Henry Kelechi Abuja (Precise Post) – Senator Rochas Okorocha has appealed to Nigerian women to weep no more due to the present conditions created in the average Nigerian home as a result of the poor state of the economy. The Imo west Senator said this in Abuja when he played host to the Women For Buhari-Osinbajo Support Group who paid his a courtesy visit at the Unity House on Friday. The group was led by Ambassador Fatima Adams who brought along with her executives of the group. A very delighted Okorocha said “Nigerian women cry no more, weep no more, God will do that which makes Him God, pray for the nation pray for our children”. “Our country is going through a difficult period and rather than finding solutions we are beating the drums of division and war”. “Our leaders are making statements that can ignite crisis and all for political interests, but truly we have not demonstrated that we care for the less privileged and poor in our society”. “So the time is now, for us to make …

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Federal School of Survey Oyo to Be Upgraded to a Full-Fledged University- Taiwo

By Okechukwu Josiah Abuja (Precise Post) – The Chairman Governing Council, Federal School of Survey, Oyo state and the Surveyor General of the Federation, Surveyor Samuel Adeniran Taiwo says the institution which was established in 1908 may soon be upgraded to a full-fledged University.Taiwo made this public after the council meeting held in Oyo state. The development is coming after the Gambian government officially requested that its nationals be trained in the areas of surveying and Geo-informatics at the FSS Oyo in recognition of the institutions excellent academic records over the years. The SGoF also disclosed that the top management of the FSS Oyo was already working in collaboration with the Federal University of Technology, Akure and the Ajayi Crowther University, Abeokuta as the institutions prepares to commence running courses like, geology; Geo-Physics and Hydrography and some post graduate courses.While been conducted round ongoing projects at the institutions permanent site, Taiwo commended the quality of the administrative complex, 1000 seat capacity lecture theatre and the Continuously Operating Reference Station, (CORS) which has the capacity to stream data for users and …

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Senate demands review of NIN requirement for UTME candidates

By Chris Udochukwu Abuja (Precise Post) – The Senate has urged the Federal Ministry of Education, Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to immediately review the implementation of the policy which makes it compulsory for UTME candidates to provide their National Identity Numbers (NIN) during registration.   The review, according to the upper chamber, should accommodate extending the JAMB registration deadline or suspending the NIN requirement until there is a seamless and well organized process for obtaining the national identity number. This was one out of two resolutions reached, following a motion considered to that effect on the floor of the Senate during plenary on Tuesday.  Coming under Order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, sponsor of the motion, Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP, Anambra South) bemoaned the frustrations faced by young Nigerians as a result of the policy introduced by JAMB making it compulsory for candidates to provide the National Identity Number (NIN) during UTME registration.  Describing the requirement as “inconsiderate and premature”, the lawmaker observed that the policy infringes on the rights of young …

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