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NIN: Google Shows Nigerians Apprehensive Of Losing Citizenship

peter oluka

This week’s Google search trend report shows Nigerians, yet unregistered, are seemingly apprehensive about losing their citizenship hence they swoop on the website of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to ascertain means of obtaining National Identity Number (NIN).

Earlier in the week, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, the director-general of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has warned that any Nigerian without the National Identification Number (NIN) issued by the commission runs the risk of being regarded as a non-Nigerian citizen.

Engr. Aziz spoke against the backdrop of the federal government’s renewed efforts, spearheaded by NIMC, to enlighten Nigerians on the importance of enrolling to obtain the National Identification Number (NIM), which fully confers on any citizen so enrolled Nigerian citizenship.

“It is the duty of every citizen to enrol and obtain his or her National Identification Number, which entitles one to be fully regarded as a Nigerian citizen,” he stated, adding “without the NIN anyone’s claims of being a Nigerian citizen are doubtful; that is what the NIMC Act is stipulates.”

NIMC was established by the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007, as an offshoot of the Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR), to create, establish and maintain a Unique National Identity Database, register persons covered by the Act, assign a Unique National Identification Number (NIN), provide authentication platform for identity verification, issue General Multi-Purpose Cards (GMPC) and harmonise and integrate existing identification databases in Nigeria

Engr. Aziz went on to list some of the key achievements of the Commission to include the populating of the National Identity Database, which currently boasts of about 18.5 million records, the establishment of up to 809 NIN enrolment centres nationwide, launch of the new electronic National ID Card with multiple functions, achievement of GVCP Certification and recertification of the NIMC Card Personalisation Bureau in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Backend Infrastructures like the ABIS, NIDB Storage, Security Network, Datacentre, DR Sites and the ISO 27001: 2013 Certification and Re-certification as well as the commencement of the enrolment of minors (children of ages 0 – 16).

However, the NIMC's announcement alarmed a lot of concerned Nigerians, which made them head to Google to search for the NIMC website to gather further information on how to go about registering for a NIN, Google said in its report.

The government is determined to ensure that citizens are aware of their National Identification Number and is making it mandatory as from September 1st 2017.

Other Top Trending Searches On Google Nigeria

This week's top trending search terms on Google Nigeria range from sport to celebrities.

Olamide ‘Wo’
It is no news that Nigerians love to party, this will explain why they hit Google search this week for Olamide’s new single -‘Wo’.

The Nigerian hip hop recording artist is popularly known for recording his dance tracks in the Yoruba language, in a groovy manner that resonates with both his young and older fans.

Anambra Church killing
The Anambra state Police Command has disclosed that they have begun to arrest suspects in connection with the shooting of people attending a service at the St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu village, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.

The shooting is said to have left at least 12 persons dead and several injured. The state police have also confirmed that the shooting was linked to a feud between two Igbo men living abroad who are indigenes of the community.

Nigerians visited Google to search for updates about the shootings in the wake of recent attacks by Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen in the country.

Arsenal vs Chelsea
Arsenal fans were definitely thrilled last Sunday after the club’s victory against Chelsea at the English FA Community Shield football match held at the Wembley Stadium in north London.

The match, which Arsenal won by 4 -1 on penalties after the game ended with a 1-1 draw, is yet another win for the club coming after their 5-2 victory over Benfica late last month.

Fans were also excited to see the new club signees Arsenal french striker, Alexandre Lacazette and Chelsea striker, Alvaro Morata in action. Both players were signed to their teams for a club - record amount which got fans looking out for their performance at Sunday’s match.

Arthur Nzeribe
Since the popularisation of social media in the country, Nigerians have used the platform to share various issues such as bubbling romances, their views on popular issues and announcements.

This week, the photograph of ageing and possibly sick Nigerian politician Arthur Nzeribe, went viral. A tirade of negative reactions to the pictures have taken the social media sphere by surprise.

The former senator has since spoken out about the comments addressed towards him and also debunked the rumors of him having a stroke.

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