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The National Identification Number (NIN) consists of 11
unique numbers randomly chosen and assigned to every
citizen and legal resident from age 0 at the completion of
enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB).

The NIN is used to tie all records about an individual in the
database and is also your personal identifier; you will need
to use it for many other transactions — basically anything
that involves a credit check or background check.
The benefit of the NIN to an individual:
It helps provide accurate records about actual living/d**d
persons in every region of the country
It helps keep track of actual transactions as well as
movement of people within and out of the country
It helps confirm which individuals are in actual need of
particular Government services, e.g. age and retirement
confirmation for pensioners.
When it comes to access to vital services (passport
issuance, banking services, land transactions, insurance
services, pension, health insurance, payment of taxes,
voter’s registration, consumer credits, and all Government
services), your NIN becomes necessary for:
cutting down the time needed for verifying documents to
properly identify you in order to access the services you
reducing errors in allocation of services to the right people
prevention of fraud (419) where someone else impersonates
verification of the real identity of other people you go into
financial or business transactions with or even people you
wish to employ such as house help
ensuring you are properly identified when receiving health
services, e.g. verifying the actual blood types of blood
donors at hospitals
Verification of voter eligibility during elections.
Even outside the country, your NIN remains valuable whether
you are travelling or are part of the Nigerian diaspora:
You can easily identify yourself with other proud Nigerians
The Nigeria Government would have more accurate
statistical data of its citizens living abroad, useful for
harnessing more skills and talent
Identity verification using the NIN would enable easier
discovery of relatives and friends worldwide
Senders and receivers of money and goods/services can be
identified, verified and traced as needed, enabling secure
international transactions.

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