Dear PCMs, your NIN is now very important for your registration! If you’re yet to get yours, kindly do so. And if you have any issues with yours, please correct it before registration commences. Same goes to serving corps members thank you.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has ushered in a new era of streamlined mobilization with the announcement that National Identification Number (NIN) registration will be mandatory for all prospective corps members starting from the 2024 batch A. This move, announced in collaboration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), aims to enhance the scheme’s efficiency, improve data accuracy, and combat impersonation.
This was part of the conversation led by the Director General, Brigadier General Yushau Ahmed, (NYSC) with the management of the National Identification Management Commission, led by its Director General, Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote, in Abuja on Wednesday.
Why the Change?
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Previously, NYSC relied on various documents for registration, including university degrees, transcripts, and state of origin certificates. However, this system was susceptible to inconsistencies, discrepancies, and even fraud. Implementing NIN as a primary identifier offers several advantages:
- NINs are unique to each individual and linked to biometric data like fingerprints and facial recognition. This significantly reduces the risk of impersonation and fraudulent registration.
- NIN integration allows for seamless data extraction and verification. This can expedite the mobilization process, minimizing delays and errors in camp deployment and allowance disbursement. Linking NYSC participation to a national identity database strengthens security measures and facilitates easier tracking of corps members during their service year.
NIN Policy Impact on Corps Members
This is to inform all Serving corps members who’re yet to link their NIN to their NYSC dashboard will not be paid monthly allowance for the month of January 2024. Payment has been slated to begin by tomorrow 30th and only those who have linked their NIN to their portal will receive allowance.
For future graduates, obtaining a NIN before graduation has become an essential step. Here’s what they need to know:
How long does it take for my NIN to be active?
It typically takes 1-5 working days for your NIN to be ready following registration. Can I post my NIN and contact information on cards or social media? No. The NIN is your unique identifying number that must be protected, just like your ATM/Debit/Credit card number or PIN.
NIN Enrollment For Corps members by NYSC
If you haven’t already, register for your NIN at any NIMC registration center nationwide. The process is free and requires basic documentation like proof of address and birth certificate.
Online Registration: During NYSC online registration, input your valid NIN alongside other required information. Ensure the NIN matches the name on your academic credentials.
Biometric Verification: Be prepared for biometric verification at your designated orientation camp. This confirms your identity and ensures alignment with your NIN data.
How long does it take for NIN to be corrected?
Applicants will receive their new/modified National e-ID Card within three (3) months of the NIN slip being reissued. Service Fee: N500 per field (except for Change of Date of Birth, which is N15,000 for processing your request and is non-refundable). The TSA (CBN) will get payment through the NIMC.
The integration of NIN marks a significant step towards a more digitized and efficient NYSC experience. While navigating this new requirement might seem daunting, its long-term benefits are undeniable. For prospective corps members, it promises a smoother mobilization process and enhanced security throughout their service year.
The Nigeria Government says the move to adopt the NIN as part of the verification process aligns with the government’s push for digital identity adoption and reinforces the integrity of the NYSC scheme.
Get more information on NIMC Official Website: nimc.gov.ng