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NIMC Collects ₦5,000 For National ID Card Renewal

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has confirmed that Nigerians will pay N5,000 for National Identity Card renewal and replacement.

NIMC disclosed this now that many Nigerians are struggling to register and obtain the national identification number in order to beat the deadline stipulated by the Federal Government for the integration of the NIN to their SIM Cards

Aside the renewal fees, NIMC will also charge NIN holders N15,000 to correct their date of birth (DoB) on the NIN database.

The NIMC regional coordinator, Fummi Opesanwo, disclosed this on Wednesday in Lagos.

Ms Opesanwo says although NIN enrolment is free, there are charges attached to other services like the card renewal, correction of date of birth and change of address.

National Identification Number holders with incorrect dates of birth will pay N15,000 to effect correction in the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) database.

NIN enrollees will also have to pay a token of N500 for address modification on the NIN database.

“For the date of birth correction, there is a processing fee of N15,000. For card renewal or card replacement, there is a processing fee of N5,000. For the modification of address or name, it is N500. So, people misconstrue this to mean that in NIMC they are asking them to pay money. No, those are for services,” Ms Opesanwo said in a chat with Channels Television.

She said the fees are paid to the Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government. “For correction of date of birth, it is N15,000 and it is payable to the TSA,” she added.

The Nigerian government had directed telecommunication operators through the Nigerian Communication Commission to block subscribers who fail to link their mobile numbers to their NIN.

The directive said subscribers were given a period of two weeks to link their numbers but was later extended to January 18 2021.

Subscribers without NIN have until February 9 to register and link to their numbers.

National ID Card Renewal Fee:

NIMC through its official twitter handle on Monday 14th, October 2019, announced that the renewal of the National Identity Card will cost ₦3,000 as well as charging the sum of N5,000 for card replacement.

However, a new public opinion poll released by NOIPolls revealed that 80 percent of Nigerians are of the view that the national identity card should not have an expiration date.

Also, 72 percent of Nigerians interviewed disclosed that they are not willing to pay ₦3,000 for renewal of the card mainly because it is too expensive (40 percent) and they believe the card should be free of charge (35 percent).

Nonetheless, 96 percent of Nigerians mentioned that they acknowledged the need and importance of having a national identity and this assertion cuts across gender, geo-political zones and age-group.

Further findings showed that 78 percent of the respondents (18 years and above) said that they have applied to obtain the national identity card.

Out of the 78 percent who have applied, 65 percent claimed to have a temporary card, while 26 percent specified that they have obtained the permanent card though most of the respondents in this category had to wait for a long period of time before getting the permanent version; sometimes above one year.

In terms of improving the process involved in registration and collection of the national identity, a larger proportion of Nigerians recommended that more registration centres should be created, collection of the permanent card should be immediately after registration and 7 percent advised that the collection centres should be decentralized.

Given the above recommendations by Nigerians, it is imperative that the NIMC and all stakeholders involved in the registration and collection exercise act swiftly to improve the overall process, by reducing the waiting time for the collection of permanent Identity cards as well issues bordering the new national identity card expiration policy.

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