Larry Obaseki of Interservice the service provider of the NIN in Italy
There has been a surge as more Nigerians attempt to obtain their National identification Number. The Nigerian government has said that citizens who are unable to link their phones to the NIN before the extended deadline in March cannot make or receive calls among other things.

In Italy, the demand for the NIN is on the rise as restriction occasioned by COVID-19 eases, enabling people to travel to Nigeria. Nigerians resident in the country are now aware that on such visit they may not be able to use their phones while in the country. And to avoid such scenario some have started taking advantage of the scheme to provide NIN for Nigerians resident in Italy.

The scheme was launched in Italy last year by the services provider Interservice in Rome to meet the yearnings of Nigerians in country. Mr Larry Obaseki who is the brain behind Interservice in a chat with AfroLife said the surge in the demand for the NIN in the Nigerian Community is not unconnected with the deadline by the Nigerian government. He said people are beginning to plan their trips to Nigeria post-COVID.

Obaseki envisages a rush and therefore advises his compatriots to make their pre-enrolment plans for the NIN now at the various designated portals online or by coming straight to Interservice office where the capturing of data is done and the NIN generated within a short time. He also enjoined Nigerians who are travelling to Rome for consular services to use the opportunity to drop by Interservice which is on the same Via Orazio as the Embassy for the NIN to avoid making multiple trips.

He enumerated the benefit of the NIN to include the ability of the holder to be able to obtain or renew his or her Nigerian passport in Italy, opening a bank account in Nigeria; ability to register business with the Corporate Affairs Commission; tax filing and documentation in Nigeria and as proof of identity anywhere in the world.