Adegoke pointed out that the fees to renew the physical card is paid directly to the federal government’s account and not to any staff of the commission.
He, however, said citizens who do not have the money for the renewal are not compelled to carry out the process as long as they possess the National Identity Number (NIN). The spokesperson explained that the government is focused on the NIN and not the national identity card. He said the physical card is just an added token, adding that it is not a problem if any citizen does have the card. Adegoke explained that the major issue is when a Nigerian does not have the NIN, which he said would be issued during enrollment. According to Adegoke, the steps involved in the physical renewal of the card includes:
1. Visit a NIMC centre
2. Fill a Card renewal form
3. Pay N5,000 into FG’s account
4. Obtain a receipt as proof of payment
5. Present the receipt for modification,
recapturing and documentation
6. Come to the centre to collect your renewed card within a space of one week Meanwhile, following the directives given by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to the telecommunications operators in the country to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), succour has come the way of Nigerian subscribers. The Nation reports that the NCC had threatened that failure to do so would lead to people's line being blocked or disconnected by December 31, 2020. Legit.ng gathered that the steps to link the phone numbers with NIN are easy to undertake. In another news, the federal government on Tuesday, December 22, announced the approved enrolment centres where Nigerians in Diaspora can register for the National Identification Number (NIN). The government said it has approved 173 centres and 30 state government institutions to conduct enrolment for Nigerians staying in the country.