Why NIN Holders May Have To Pay 15,000 Fees.

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has stated that National Identification Number holders will have to pay N15,000 to correct their dates of birth in the commission’s database.

NIMC Regional Coordinator, Mrs Funmi Opesanwo, said this on Wednesday at the commission’s office in the Alausa area of Lagos State when speaking to Channels Television.

She said NIN holders are also to pay a processing fee of N5,000 for card renewal or card replacement as well as an address modification fee of N500.

According to Opesanwo, NIN enrolment is free but fees are attached for card renewal, correction of date of birth and change of address.

She said: “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.

“For correction of date of birth, it is N15,000 and it is payable to the TSA,” she added.

On on the large crowds in the NIMC centre, Opesanwo said, “When we came this morning, a lot of applicants complained that their SIM (cards) have been blocked and that is why we are experiencing this large number today.

“We are trying to manage the situation. Applicants have been seated and they came in for different services, so, there is no problem.

“We have to be mindful of the safety protocols and we cannot exceed the number of people, the capacity that we can take, we have to adhere to the guidelines.”

Recalls that the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Communication Commission, ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate telephone lines of subscribers; who failed to link their phones to their NIN.

The Federal Government had said, telcos subscribers with NIN have January 19 as deadline, to link their NIN with their SIM cards.

While subscribers without NIN have until February 9 to do so.

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