Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has said Nigerians can register for their National Identity Number (NIN) within three to five minutes.
Speaking in an interview on Friday, Pantami explained that applicants can complete their form via virtual means.
He, however, said applicants will be required to physically visit the registration centres to submit some specified data such as biometrics and image capturing.
“You can complete the form virtually without visiting any office but there are things that require you physically like your biometrics; you cannot submit your biometrics without seeing you physically,” Pantami said on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“Each person takes around three to five minutes to complete the registration and go as long as you have completed your form.”
On the surging crowd that throng offices of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Pantami said 95 per cent of NIN applicants appear at the agency’s offices without being invited.
He said: “Citizens will go there, their names are not part of those to be captured but they will go and stay at the gates and if you ask them to leave they will not. Even the security agencies plead with them but they will not go.
“All the crowds you have been seeing in Abuja or Lagos, 90 per cent or even 95 per cent of them were not part of those invited to be captured. They only go there and stay outside the gates.”
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had asked all telecommunication operators to disconnect the SIM cards of persons who have not integrated their NIN with their phone lines by the end of January.