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NIN not mandatory for voter registration – INEC

INEC has stated that the National Identification Number (NIN) is not compulsory for voter registration.



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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) disclosed that Nigerians taking part in the new voter registration drive commencing on the 28th of June do not need to produce their National Identification Number (NIN)  as it is not mandatory.

This was disclosed by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu while addressing Newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

“I want to make this important clarification. NIN is not going to be made mandatory for voter registration,” he said.

“This is for a simple reason that we are operating on the basis of the law establishing INEC.

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“Section 10 of the Electoral Act lists identifications to be presented by prospective registrants for the purpose of voter registration to include birth certificate, national passport, national identity card,” he added.

He said that the NIN card was only one of the means of identification provided for, under section 10 sub-section 2 of the electoral act.

“We cannot single that out and make it mandatory. All the other requirements are requirements of the law and we must apply the law appropriately.

If you have your national ID card we will register you on the presentation of the card, but we will not make it a mandatory means of identification for the exercise.


Since the law, the electoral act, does not make it mandatory, it is only one of the many means of identification required,” Yakubu said.

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The Chairman disclosed that NIN was only one of the various means of identification provided under section 10 sub-section 2 of the electoral act. He added that INEC cannot single that out and make it mandatory. However, they must comply with all the other requirements which are requirements of the law.

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The INEC boss said the commission is launching a Voter Enrolment Device, which would enable applicants to apply for voter registration and complete the process at the nearest registration centre for data capturing.

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What you should know 

  • Recall that Nairametrics reported last month that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said all potential candidates must provide their National Identity Number (NIN) at the point of registration for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration.
  • Meanwhile, earlier this week a Federal High Court in Lagos State barred the FG  from blocking SIM cards not linked to National Identity Numbers in April and extended the deadline by 2 months.

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Just-in: President Buhari restores ownership of OML 123, 124, 126 and 137 to NNPC

The President has ordered the restoration of ownership of OML 123, others to NNPC.



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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the restoration of the leases on OMLs 123, 124, 126 and 137 to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which is in production sharing contract with Chinese government-0wned, Addax Petroleum.

President Muhammadu has approved the return of ownership of leases on OMLs 123, 124, 126 and 137 to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

This announcement was made known by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu via a social media statement.

“In line with the current administration’s commitment to the rule of law, fairness & enabling a stable business climate for investment, President @MBuhari has approved the restoration of the leases on OMLs 123, 124, 126 & 137 to @NNPCgroup which is in production sharing contract with Addax Petroleum, a company wholly owned by Government of the People’s Republic of China on the blocks. The leases belonging to the Federation were revoked on March 30, 2021,” Shehu tweeted.

More details soon…

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Dangote acquires 400 trucks from ANAMMCO plant in Enugu, brings total to 4,000

Dangote Group has taken delivery of another set of 400 Shacman trucks from Transit Support Services Limited and assembled in the former ANAMMCO plant in Enugu.



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The Dangote Group has taken delivery of another set of 400 Shacman trucks from Transit Support Services Limited and assembled in the former ANAMMCO plant in Enugu.

This brings the total number of trucks bought by the Dangote Group from Transit Support Services Limited to about 4,000 units since the entry of the brand into the country in 2016.

According to a report from the Punch, this disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Head of Public Relations and Media at the Transit Support Services Limited, Iyere Ikhide.

Ikhide in the statement said that the Dangote-Shacman partnership has led to the resuscitation of the ANAMMCO plant in Enugu.

It described Dangote as the biggest customer of the Enugu-based auto assembler, noting that the partnership had resulted in the provision of more jobs for many youths; rejuvenation of the Onne Port in Rivers State and the attendant economic benefits.

The statement from Transit Support Services Limited partly reads, “Following the partnership deal and commitments to quality, the biggest customer of Shacman brand in Nigeria, Dangote Group, has taken delivery of additional 400 units of Shacman trucks.

Dangote Group has since the entrance of Shacman vehicles into the Nigerian market through Transit Support Services Limited as Shacman Nigeria six years ago, bought over 3,500 units of the brand.’’

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that in February 2020, the largest Indigenous Industrial Conglomerate in West Africa, the Dangote Group, invested about N63 billion in a local automaker with an assembling plant in Enugu with the purchase of 3,500 trucks while going into a long-term partnership with them.
  • The automaker, which goes by the name Transit Support Services Limited, went into a long-term agreement with Dangote Group and has already supplied 3,500 Shacman trucks to the company from its Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company assembly plant in Emene Enugu State.

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