The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, says 4,000 permanent National Identity Cards are yet to be collected by their owners in Jigawa.
The state’s coordinator of the commission Aminu Jakada, made this known during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Thursday.
Mr Jakada, who described the development as “discouraging”, urged owners, particularly in Hadejia, Kirikasamma and Gumel Local Government Area, LGAs, to visit the commission’s offices in their respective areas to claim their cards.
“As at now, we have 4,000 uncollected permanent national identity cards particularly in Hadejia, Kirikasamma and Gumel LGAs.
“So we are calling on people in these LGAs who had enrolled to go to our offices in their areas and collect their cards,” Mr Jakada said.
He explained that the gesture was to enable the owners obtain the cards and begin to use their National Identity Number, NIN, to forestall embarrassment in future dealings.
The coordinator pointed that the NIN is a valid and verifiable means of identification use to link all records about an individual in the commission’s database.
Mr Jakada also advised applicants to visit any NIMC office in the state nearest to them to enroll and obtain their NIN.
According to him, upon registration, every applicant would be issued two slips; a transaction slip and a second slip after two hours which is the NIN slip.
According to him, NIMC has over 40 registration centres across the state.
“This simply means that there is an enrolment centre close by that every individual can get registered.
“Therefore, residents are hereby advised to enroll and obtain their NIN before the mandatory use of the NIN is enforced,” he added.